KK Shailaja, the Kerala State Minister for Social Welfare has said that 28 buildings in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram will be made accessible for disabled people. She made this commitment in the state assembly and the news has been welcomed by the disabled community, Newz Hook reports.
Kerala has always been in the forefront when it comes to creating an inclusive and barrier-free environment for disabled people. The state government has won numerous awards for its initiatives in this regard. However, the state capital Thiruvananthapuram leaves much to be desired when it comes to a barrier free infrastructure. Something that the Minister for Social Welfare, K K Shailaja has promised to address.
In a statement in the Kerala Assembly, Ms Shailaja said that 28 buildings across the city will be made disabled-friendly at the earliest. She said that these buildings would be made accessible as part of the central government’s Accessible India campaign and that funds have been allocated towards this already.
Some of the facilities promised in these buildings include wheelchair ramps, lifts, handrails, Braille signages, disabled-friendly toilets and restrooms too. The state government also plans to enhance facilities at schools for children with disabilities. New rehabilitation centres will also be opened for the disabled community in the capital.
Even better, the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), one of the pioneer institutes of India, will be into a centre of excellence. More sign language interpreters and teachers will be recruited so disabled children are a part of the mainstream education system Words that sound promising but the disabled community in Thiruvanathapuram is adopting a policy of wait and watch given that such promises were made in the past and not implemented.