A two-day national workshop aimed to offer safety lessons to differently-abled persons in the event of a disaster
There is an urgent need to identify gaps in the implementation of government schemes and programmes for the disabled in the event of a disaster, said experts at a recent workshop held in Gujarat.
The two-day national workshop themed “Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management in India” was organised jointly by the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) from July 11, 2019.
It highlighted the need to incorporate the issue of disability in disaster management.
The need is to visualise disability inclusive disaster risk management related issue from rights-based (human rights) perspective, said MH Shah, chairperson of gujarat state human rights commission, in a release.
The experts also pinpointed certain lapses in regard to implementation of government plans and schemes related to disability in disaster management.
Government organisations are lackadaisical in implementing the "Accessible India Campaign" (one of the flagship schemes of Modi Government) so as to make public building completely barrier-free for persons with disabilities, said GN Karna, an expert on disability studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The experts also adopted a five-point charter of demands and recommendations:
The workshop was attended by differently abled persons, experts and scientists from various parts of the country.
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