India moves to cater for disabled in public buildings


Mumbai: The Indian government has asked each state to identify 50-100 public buildings in major cities to be made easily accessible for people with disabilities under the ambitious “Accessible India Campaign,” also known as “Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan.”

Speaking at the inauguration of a daylong workshop on accessibility in Mumbai on Thursday, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawarchand Gehlot, said the identified buildings will then be made fully accessible to people with disabilities via retrofitting of ramps, disabled friendly lifts, toilets as well as signages. In addition, 75 important railway stations as well as all domestic airports will be made fully accessible by July 2016.

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