The world is not a nice place if you do not fit in according to the draft made by the society. If one does not look acceptable by society standards, he/she is bound to face discrimination at many points in life. It all starts very early for divyangs or differently-abled before they are old enough to know what the world is the society teaches them it is anything but kind. Discrimination follows hem everywhere they go and the lack of access to public transport, tourist attractions, malls, and many such places. Inequality is what they face wherever they go and it is not at all fair how society treats them.
A recent development in India is the government intervention in creating an environment where the line of distinction between differently-abled and able-bodied people is gradually blurring. This has been made possible because of new government laws that mandate the installation of disabled-friendly measures like ramps and voice-activated lifts in public places. Anti-discrimination laws have enabled the specially-able people to compete for jobs based on their merit, thus helping them to be economically independent.
Due to the severe lack of accessibility for divyangs in public places, the government of India launched the Accessible India Campaign also known as Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan. This government initiative is focused upon making sure that most of the public places in India are made accessible to people with special needs. Workplaces, schools, hospitals, and other indoor and outdoor facilities will be remodeled to remove any barriers that restrict the accessibility of differently-abled people.
The Accessible India Campaign was launched by Hon. Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi 3rd of December 2015. 3rd of December also happens to be International Day of Persons with Disabilities and it was therefore chosen for the launch of this project. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), has cast upon various governments including the Indian government the following five responsibilities concerning accessibility for differently-abled people:
1. Accessibility to Services as well as emergency services
2. Communication Technology
3. Physical Environment
All these points were taken into consideration by the Indian government before forming the strategy. The target of the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan is mainly the public places that receive a lot of foot traffic. Transportation within the country has to be more accessible for the people who have any special needs like wheelchairs etc. The campaign targets at least 50% of Indian railway stations to be fully accessible for the differently-abled.
o The central and state government websites are a part of information accessibility and they are targeted to be fully accessible with the help of this campaign.
o The government-owned transportation carriers are no exception to the Accessible India Campaign and 25% of them are to be made accessible under this campaign.
o 50% of the government buildings in the 10 biggest cities are yet another primary target of the campaign. The deadlines on these targets were revised by the government and were extended to March 2020 as the progress was slow.
Governments, NGOs, and dedicated individuals have contributed a lot towards the upliftment of people with special needs. And there is a lot more to be done in terms of making their lives easier, physically, and emotionally. Narayan Seva Sansthan is another NGO that is helping reduce the difference between the differently-abled people and the rest of the society.
The major vision of our Not-for-Profit organization is to rehabilitate the differently-abled people economically, physically, and socially. The surgeries for differently-abled are an attempt for physical rehabilitation, we have vocational training courses for economic rehabilitation and mass weddings and talent shows for social rehabilitation. All these attempts are solely for the purpose of helping them fit into society as much as everyone else and for the minimization of discrimination faced by them. We are in complete support of Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan by the Indian government and their efforts to fulfilling their purpose.
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