Differently abled persons complain for discrimination at Sangai festival

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 22, 2018: Disabled Development Association Manipur complains that differently abled persons are discriminated in different ways in the Manipur Sangai Festival that was launched in presence of defence minister Nimala Sitharaman yesterday in Imphal.

General secretary of DDAM, Md. Yunus Khan told reporters, at the main festival venue at Hapta Kangjeibung, that ramps are not installed at every construction including washrooms and event centres of the festival venues for feasibility in movement of the differently-abled persons, which is violation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

At the same time the government and tourism department have failed to install ramp for washroom at the venue of Sangai Festival though different washrooms for transgender VIP and VVIP are installed, he added.

Today the association lamented as its stalls were taken by Bank of India.

Yunus said, “After a long wait yesterday we got a stall at a corner which is inconvenient for us. As the officials told us to choose a stall convenient for us we chose these two stalls. We started selling our products yesterday. However all the items arranged in our stalls was taken down and the banner was replaced by that of Bank of India.”

This shows that disabled persons are discriminated despite of the government’s claim of giving priority to the disables. “Where is the priority?” he asked.

Stall 9 and 10 were provided for our bank to help the visitors at least to some extent. As we could not abstain from our busy schedule of bank transactions we fail to come yesterday. When we came in the morning these stalls were found accommodated. We have waited for them. The authority told us that the stalls are provided for us. So we put up our banner and started arrangement to open. We want a solution to this, said an employee of Bank of India.

Later stalls were provided to the Disabled Development Association Manipur and settled the issue.

Yesterday in another state award recipient, Soibam Birla Devi, a differently-abled artisan struggled to get her stall though she has been given approval by department of tourism to open her stall.

She registered through online and also paid the deposit amount at department of tourism, Manipur and also given approval to open her stall under serial number 71 and identity number 104. But she was not able to find her registered stall at the time when she reached the festival venue. There was no official. She waited since 9 am till late evening on her wheelchair along with her belongings to get her stall.

Later on at the late hours of the festival, a stall was given to Birla.

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