SC wants public institutions disabled-friendly

SC wants public institutions disabled-friendly

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The Supreme Court has slammed the Centre over non-compliance of its last year verdict of making public institutions disabled-friendly and said the government had to follow the law and order. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan asked the Centre to file a fresh affidavit within four weeks giving details of the steps taken so far and the timeline for completing the work as given in its December 15, 2017 verdict. The top court had on December 15, 2017 passed 11 directions which include making public institutions, transport and educational institutions disabled-friendly.

The top court also expressed annoyance over the states not complying with its order and warned that respective chief secretaries will be called to explain the delay. The SC said the right to dignity, which is ensured in the constitutional set up for every citizen, applies with much more vigour in cases of persons suffering from disability and it was duty of the State and public authorities to lay down proper norms in this regard.

Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said she will file an affidavit in this regard in four weeks, adding that a lot of work has been done in pursuance to the court’s direction. The bench, however, said that the Centre should file a detailed affidavit.