Buildings, Transport to be Made More Accessible in Punjab, India

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 21 2020

INDIA: The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with disabilities by making government and public-centric buildings, public transportation and websites accessible to them.

The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with disabilities by making government and public-centric buildings, public transportation and websites accessible to them.

The scheme also aims at clearing the job quota backlog for persons with disabilities under the state employment plan. Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development Aruna Chaudhary said the aim was to enrol all persons with disabilities for the unique disability IDs so that they could benefit from 30 existing schemes and programmes. Only 1.17 lakh have the IDs so far.

As per the 2011 census, in Punjab, of a population of 2.72 crore, there are 6.5 lakh disabled persons — 3.79 lakh (58 per cent) males and 2.74 lakh (42 per cent) females. The number of disabled persons is the highest in the age group of 20-29 (1.17 lakh). A majority (20 per cent) of disabled persons have the disability in movement, 12.6 per cent visual disability and another 22.4 per cent disability in hearing.

In the first phase, the focus would be on strengthening the existing programmes to ensure that their benefits reach the persons with disabilities, while in the second phase, 13 new interventions are proposed for the empowerment of such persons.

Originally Published in The Tribune.

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