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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Barrier-free access to disabled soon - Bhubaneshwar

The state capital has been included in the Sugamya Bharat Scheme, launched by the Centre, under which around 100 government buildings will be made accessible for persons with disabilities.

These buildings will be assessed by accessibility auditors and the Centre will provide funds to make them disabled-friendly, said union secretary, department of empowerment of persons with disabilities, Luv Burma here on Wednesday.

"The aim of the project is to provide barrier-free access to persons with disabilities at public places. The process to identify the buildings will begin soon," he said, while speaking at the Odisha Youth Conclave, a skill-development training programme for persons with disabilities.

Campaigner Sruti Mohapatra said, "It is really strange that majority of the public places don't have facilities for the disabled. The new scheme will not only ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities but also empower them to highlight the issue by clicking a picture of a place without similar facilities and uploading it on the website."

Burma said the Centre is also planning provide identity cards, which will be valid across the country, to 2.68 crore persons with disabilities. The card will be linked to Aadhar to allow them to avail other benefits. "The new card will be issued on World Disability Day on December 3," Burma added.

Chief secretary G C Pati emphasized on entrepreneurship development among the disabled youths to help them start their own enterprise.
Source : TOI , 24th Sep 2015  

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