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Rally of disabled persons in Bhuj on Monday Saturday, December 1, 2001

BHUJ: At a public meeting in Bhuj on December 3, the World Disability Day, hundreds of disabled persons from all parts of Kutch will demand their right to equitable public policies that ensure them equal opportunity in every facet of life -- as articulated by the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.

Organised by Sneha Samudaya and Kutch Yuva Viklang Mandal, the public meeting of the disabled will culminate in a rally through Bhuj town to the collector's office to submit a memorandum highlighting the demands of this assembly. The rally would also include disabled survivors of the January 26 earthquake.

The meeting, to be inaugurated by the district development officer of Kutch, is expected to be attended by government functionaries, NGOs and community representatives.

The meeting will also include various events such as sharing of experiences by the disabled, cultural performances and exhibition-cum-sale of various products made by them.

The event is aimed at sensitising different government functionaries and NGOs, involved in the reconstruction of Kutch, on issues such as making access to public offices and the new townships disabled-friendly, ensuring the enrolment of every disabled child in schools, making basic facilities such as toilets for disabled children in schools, appropriate and good quality of artificial appliances for mobility, priority in livelihood support and other social support systems like marriage and family life.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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