Monday, 03 September 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– The Uttarakhand Disabled Empowerment Association (UDEA) held a protest rally on Sunday from Parade ground to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’ residence. They were stopped by the police at the Hathibadkala barricading where they continued their protest. About 30 members of the association gathered and highlighted their nine demands. They warned that if the Government still fails to take necessary measures for their welfare, they will stage protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. Giving detailed information about the demands, the members stated that the monthly pension given to disabled should be raised to Rs 3,500 per month. They further added that as per the election manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the disabled persons in the State should get appointed in various Government institutions as promised. The Act passed for the differently abled in 2016 should be strictly enforced in the State. The Government should make a welfare committee for the disabled in which the director, vice chairman and members should also be differently-abled. Interpreters should be appointed in every Government working place. Special teachers should be appointed for giving education to the students in the schools, they demanded. An office bearer of the association Anita Shastri said, “This is not the first time that we have staged a demonstration in support of our demands. The Government has done nothing for us. People who are already in misery due to their physical disability are in very poor condition as no help has been provided to them by the Government which has led us to conduct a protest rally. No official concerned has talked to us so far. If the Government continues to maintain such an apathetic attitude towards our interests, we will hold a protest at Jantar Mantar.”

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