The Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government has decided to nominate differently-abled people in the local bodies like municipalities and municipal corporations.
The Rajasthan government claimed that it would be the first state to give impetus to the differently-abled people by nominating them as the members of local bodies.
Hemant Goyal, the vice president of the Divyang Adhikar Mahasangh, welcomed the decision of the Rajasthan government and said it will be a morale-booster for the differently-abled.
“Now, the differently-abled would be able to contribute to civic affairs. For the last so many years, we have been demanding that they should be given an opportunity to participate in the civic affairs as they, because of their disability, are unable to contest elections” he said.
Hemant Goyal thanks CM Gehlot
Goyal thanked the chief minister for granting the approval to the long-pending issue. He said the chief minister is sensitive to the issues related to the differently-abled.
The differently-abled persons for the past 10 years have been raising the issue with successive governments. Their petition to the state government said that while the differently-abled people are given reservation in government jobs, they should be given honourable positions through nominations in the local bodies.
Goyal said after much consideration, the urban development department’s special secretary Deepak Nandi has issued an order to this effect. This would ensure that a disabled person will be the nominee of the state government in civic bodies like municipality, municipal councils and municipal corporations.
Goyal said the Divyang Adhikar Mahasangh will now seek nomination for the disabled in all the various panchayat institutions. This would ensure that differently-abled people from rural areas would now be able to contribute to rural development.
In recent years the Union government’s ministry of social justice has drawn several plans for the welfare of the specially-abled persons.
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