Together with the civil society, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in India will be identifying 100 government buildings that are ‘unfriendly’ to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Jaipur and Mumbai before upgrading the premises “barrier-free”.
“We are forming audit panels comprising differently abled persons to examine facilities that should be provided in the identified public buildings. The process for selecting members for the panels has started,” Awanish Kumar Awasthi, the joint secretary in the department, said in a report.
“Our ministry would coordinate with other central ministries for the public buildings belonging to the Union government. For state government buildings, we would approach the social welfare departments of the respective states and provide necessary assistance for the purpose,” he added.
The PWDs in the country themselves will be the ones who will audit the structures based on the ramps, lifts, toilets, tactile paving and visual signage within. The department under the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, on the other hand, will provide the assistance needed to make the buildings ‘fully accessible’ by July 2019.
The initiative is part of the government’s Accessible India Campaign to make government buildings barrier-free for PWDs “from entrance to exit.”
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