Government must remove the barriers and fast track the disability bill


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Three months after it launched the ‘Accessible India Campaign’, which seeks to make at least 50% of all government buildings in Delhi and the state capitals disabled-friendly by 2018, the Centre last week released the ‘Inclusiveness and Accessibility Index’ that measures the actions and attitudes of different organisations towards people with disabilities.
While both these developments are good steps to make India a more inclusive space, there are several other barriers that the government needs to bring down to make the campaign and index successful in letter and spirit.First, make the office of the Disability Commission more effective. As of now, activists allege, it takes way too long for the office to act on complaints and, even when it does, its directives are not taken seriously. Second, there must be a correct assessment of the number of disabled people.

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