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Saturday, 7 January 2017

HC directs Railway Board to frame scheme for allotment of shops to physically challenged- Madurai

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Railway Board to frame a scheme within six months for preferential allotment of shops and other business establishments at all railway stations to physically challenged applicants.
It should be in accordance with Section 43 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.
Justice M.S. Ramesh passed the order while disposing of a writ petition filed by a group of physically challenged people who were reportedly forced to vacate telephone booths on railway platforms in 2012 since Southern Railway felt that such booths had become redundant in view of widespread use of mobile phones.
The order was reserved in the principal seat of the High Court in Chennai and delivered it in its Bench here.
The judge expressed concern that no scheme had has been framed even after 20 years of the enactment of the PWD Act, 1995 though it requireds governments and local bodies to frame schemes for preferential allotment of land at concessional rates to the physically challenged either for constructing houses, or setting up business or establishing special recreation centres, special schools, research centres or factories.

Source : The Hindu , 7 Jan 2017

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