A new era of accessibility: on persons with disabilities in the post-COVID world
By , Shubha Nagesh works with The Latika Roy Foundation, Dehradun; Sara Rotenberg is a graduate of Georgetown University and Rhodes Scholar-elect based in Toronto. Views are personal
# During the lockdown, a father, left with no choice but to steal a bicycle, transported his disabled son from rural Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh. A professor and wheelchair user in West Bengal, with no means of transport
Reservations for Divyangjan- Persons with Disability
GS-PAPER-1 Social issue (MAINS- IV)
The Supreme Court, in a significant decision, confirmed that persons with disabilities are also socially backward. The decision highlighted Divyangjan are entitled to the same benefits of relaxation as Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates in public employment and education.
SC upheld a 2012 judgment of the Delhi High Court in Anamol Bhandari vs. Delhi Technological University.
- Supreme Court judgment on entitlements for the disabled people.
Delhi High Court judgment of 2012:
- In 2012, a university had allowed a 10% concession in the minimum eligibility requirement for SC/ST candidates, and 5% concession for disabled applicants. This was challenged in the Delhi High Court.
- In its 2012 judgment in the Anamol Bhandari (minor) through his father/Natural Guardian v. Delhi Technological University, the High C
Assistance to Disabled Persons (ADIP) Camp
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Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment has virtually inaugurated an Assistance to Disabled Persons Camp for free distribution of assistive aids and devices to Divyangjan or Divyang. These are Hindi word meaning the ‘one with a divine body’. The Prime Minister decided that persons with disabilities should no longer be referred to as disa
Prepared by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
To give deaf people the constitutional right to speech and opportunity of freedom of expression.
Less than 7% of public buses in the country were fully accessible to wheelchair users as of December 2020, with the target of 25% of buses being accessible by June 2022 under the Accessible India Campaign.
Only 0.2% of 1.02 lakh intercity buses are when chair accessible.
Upto 45000 buses operating in urban areas, only 22.3% are fully wheelchair accessible.
Data by: The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry’s Department of Empowerment of Persons with
Disability identity and COVID-19
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Persons with Disability (PWD) are those who have long-term impairment in terms of physical, mental, sensory and psychological conditions which can stop their equal participation in all aspects of society if met with various barriers. As per Census 2011, in India, out of the total population of 121 crore, about 2.68 Cr persons are ‘Disabled’ (2.21% of
Suicides in India
- NCRB 2019 Report
Each suicide is a personal tragedy that prematurely takes the life of an individual and has a continuing ripple effect, dramatically affecting the lives of families, friends and communities. Every year, more than 1,00,000 people commit suicide in our country. There are various causes of suicides like professional/career problems, sense of isolation, abuse, violence, family problems, mental disorders, addiction to alcohol, financial loss, chronic pain et