Panaji: The directorate of social welfare on Monday in a reply before the Goa Human Rights Commission ( GHRC) stated that 45 public buildings in the state are inaccessible to persons with physical disabilities. The list which includes the municipal councils of Margao, Sanguem, Valpoi and the newly-renovated council building at Mapusa, ironically also includes the departments of town and country planning and the human rights commission- where the complaint was filed in the first place.
The commission’s inspection of 21 government departments and public buildings within Panaji contested some of the claims in the reply filed by the directorate of social welfare including that of its own department being accessible. The directorate of social welfare, the inspection report stated, doesn’t have reserved parking in its premises for persons with disabilities. “Ramp, elevators and toilets for disabled persons are not available,” said the report.