Monday, August 27, 2018

Medical Council of India’s new guidelines on admission of persons with specified disabilities: Unfair, discriminatory and unlawful

Medical Council of India’s new guidelines on admission of persons with specified disabilities: Unfair, discriminatory and unlawful

The Medical Council of India (MCI)’s recent guidelines on admission of persons with specified disabilities into the medical course under the disability quota has escalated into a huge controversy. Multiple litigations have been initiated against MCI by successful National Eligibility cum Entrance Test candidates with disabilities across the country. In light of our new Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, I argue in this essay that these guidelines are unfair, discriminatory and unlawful. I quote Supreme Court judgments on reasonable accommodation, equality and discrimination and highlight the exclusion of doctors with disabilities in policy making.

Post script: The author-led representation, under the banner “Doctors with Disabilities: Agents of Change”, was taken on record by the Health Ministry. It has been learnt that the Health Ministry has amended certain controversial parts in the MCI guidelines acknowledging said representation in their response to the apex court.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Accessibility of Golden Temple for devotees with disabilities

1) Shri Captain Amarinder Singh
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab &
Chairman, Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority (ACTDA)
2) Shri Navjot Singh Sidhu
Minister Tourism and Cultural Affairs &
Member, ACTDA
3) Shri Kamaldeep Singh Sangha
District Commissioner, Amritsar
Chief Executive Officer of Executive Committee ACTDA
4) Shri S. Gobind Singh Ji Longowal,
President, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC)
Ref: Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 to be read with section 7(v) of the Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority Act 2016 on Sri Harmandir Sahib and Heritage Street being inaccessible to devotees with disabilities
Hon'ble CM,
Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh
In 2017, Golden Temple was awarded as the 'most visited place of the world' by World Book of Records. However, this place of worship is inaccessible to world's largest minority- people with disabilities.
Photo: Vishal Kumar, Tribune

Uneven, rugged surface difficult to manoeuvre wheelchair

Dr Satendra Singh

This chairlift was non functional on 28th April 2018 and even to reach here, one has to climb 3-4 steps

There is a provision which makes the centre verge of barricades lower down to make way, but in the absence of any official attendant, this is of no help

As the Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority (ACTDA) Act, 2016 is applied to Sri Golden temple and Roads, Round-abouts and Street Furniture (Town Hall to Golden Temple and Exit), and as you are the Chairperson of the ACTDA, I request you to look into the following suggestions (published on The Quint and sent to your office earlier via speed post) so that devotees with disabilities are not excluded to visit one of the most holy places on the planet earth.
Sat Sri Akal

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Budget 2018: Blow to Persons with Disabilities

NewsClickIn: Persons with Disabilities are outraged at the Union Budget 2018 as it excludes and side-lines Persons with Disability. Having signed the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disability in 2007, India, under BJP government finally passed the Rights of Persons with Disability Bill in December 2016. Yet consecutive budgets have failed to allocate funds for the Act to be implemented and realized.

Friday, January 26, 2018

'Accessible Election' theme but inaccessible venue on National Voters Day

CBSE asks diabetic students to apply under the disability quota

For board exams, CBSE puts Type-1 diabetes under disabled category

Disability rights activist Dr Satendra Singh said some specific reasonable concessions were needed to help such people. "There is no point of getting a separate certificate for T1DM under the disability category as this will open a Pandora's box as these people will demand benefits under the disability act."

Read the full story on Times of India website here.

Disability issues that continue to dog Aadhaar

“Even more vexing,” says Satendra Singh, Delhi-based disability rights activist, “is the issue of taking biometric measurements of people with psychiatric disorders, cerebral palsy, and leprosy.”

As the Supreme Court gears up to rule on the constitutionality of Aadhaar this week, a two-part series examines the nagging bugs the UIDAI hasn’t yet fixed. Read the full report b Geetanjali Krishna on Business Standard website here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jet Airways caught humiliating wheelchair users