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Outfit plans disabled survey

Jamshedpur, Feb. 22: The city chapter of Samarthta Udaan Ki India Foundation, a social outfit working for the disabled, has taken up the cudgels to protect the rights of differently abled people.

The outfit is planning to conduct a survey to find out the exact number of disabled in the city and whether they enjoyed benefits under Persons with Disabilities Act, 2005. The result of the survey, which will be later extended to the entire state, will be submitted to the social welfare department.

The outfit, Jamshedpur chapter of which was formed nearly six months ago, will also organise a candle march on Sunday to create awareness among masses about rights of the disabled.

An eight-member delegation visited district collectorate on Saturday to apprise deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal of their plans.

“We had to leave our fellow member Dev Pukar Singh on the ground floor because there are no facilities to ensure smooth movement of the disabled at the district collectorate in accordance with Persons with Disabilities Act. Similar is the state of most public buildings in the district,” said Sanjay Kumar Vishwakarma, state in-charge of the foundation.

As for the survey, Vishwakarma said that two-member teams would visit educational institutions and localities of the city from Monday. Each of these teams will have a disabled person.

The foundation has set a three-month deadline for completing the survey. “After completing the survey in Jamshedpur, we will launch similar exercises in other locations across the state,” said Vishwakarma.

The march, which will start from Jubilee Park Gate around 5pm, will culminate at Sakchi Square. Members of the foundation and citizens will take part in the rally. Candle marches will be also held in Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Hazaribagh later this year.

The 15-member core committee of the outfit has also decided to launch a stir demanding better accessibility for disabled at public buildings, including district collectorates.