Government promises disabled-friendly faculties in public buildings

Asia-Pacific, September 1 2011

New Delhi, India: Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment D. Napoleon said that the appropriate governments and local authorities shall provide disabled-friendly facilities in public buildings, hospitals and other places.

He told Lok Sabha that as per Section 46 of the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, the government will try its best to offer ramps in public buildings and adaptation of toilets for wheelchair users.

 He said braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts, ramps in hospitals, primary health centres and other medical care and rehabilitation institutions are some of the initiatives.

The Delhi Division of Ministry of Urban Development has ensured that the public buildings, which were erected in Delhi provided barrier free environment to Persons with Disabilities, he said.

The Building Bye-laws,1983 for barrier-free built environment in public buildings has been circulated to all the States and Union Territories for incorporation in the municipal building, he informed.

He said 28 states have informed that they have modified their building bye-laws.


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