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Disability Commissioner pulls up Transport Department on PwDs facilities

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KOHIMA, APRIL 21: Nagaland State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) today pulled up the Transport Department for not creating facilities for persons with disabilities (PwDs), especially in the State bus terminus, public transport and also concession.
SCPD Diethono Nakhro, along with team of legal advisors Khriesino Kire and Asenla Walling and Nagaland State Disaster Forum president Vikengunu Kera and team inspected the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) Kohima today.
“We have given them enough time for action to be taken and therefore we came today to inspect the implementation of the notification issued by the State Government on February 5, 2019”, she said.
“We are also taking up the matter for making Government offices and public spaces accessible for PwDs”, she said, while expressing happiness that the State Government issued the notification but now we want to see the implementation on the ground and not just on papers.
She asserted that the Commission would be taking up inspections in other Departments in a phased manner to make sure that all the laws under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act are being implemented properly in the State.
On inspecting the ISBT, Kohima, Nakhro said that “the Commission is not happy as nothing has been done as per the accessibility norms”.
Expressing unhappiness that she was not even able to get inside the building due to lack of facility, she said none of the accessibility norms have been followed.
Nonetheless, she appreciated that officials of Transport Department, Secretary’s office and Transport Commissioner were present to listen to their grievances and also check the unavailability of the facilities for the PwDs.
Nakhro said that they have assured to work together with the SCPD to ensure that all the facilities are put in place on priority and at the earliest.
Since the enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2017, the time-frame for creation of such facilities was till June 2022, but as of now also the Transport Department in particular has a long way to go.
“We are serious and all these have to be implemented properly”, she said. On the time-frames for implementation, Nakhro said the SCPD will be filing its report and setting a timeline for putting the facilities in place within 3-6 months.
Meanwhile, interacting with Transport officials, Nakhro requested the Department to issue proper notifications on concession and other facilities for PwDs.
Joint Secretary for Transport Rozy M Athrila, Transport Commissioner T Elias Lotha and Divisional Manager NST, Kohima, were also present during the inspection and assured to take up grievances expressed by the SCPD with the higher authorities at the earliest.
(Page News Service)

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