Jaipur. Rajasthan has more than 1 millionpersons with disability (PWD) as per the records of Disability Directorate.The talks have been round to make the cities smart and Jaipur is one of those listed 98 cities identified for this honor other than Udaipur, Kota and Ajmer in the state. A sting operation by Patrika – MAG done between October to November with PWD citizen volunteers revealed that Jaipur which has been a hub of national – international tourists now lack easyaccessibilityfor the old age and people with disability.

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Sting at 21 locations forAccessibility

The operation took two months to complete and cover major places in the categories visited commonly by all.
  • Govt Offices
  • Educational Institutions
  • City Hospitals
  • Shopping Malls
  • Railway Station
  • Bus Stand
  • Tourist Places

Volunteers’ Team of PWD

  • Prateek Khandelwal
  • Sharad Tripathi
  • Bhanwar Singh Chaudhary
  • Kalua
  • Ramesh

Part 1

Govt offices are not Disabled Friendly

Disability-Sting-3Secretariat and Disability Directoratein Jaipur city have both been key offices visited by common citizens including PWD. Both of these were found neitheraccessiblenor behaviorally appropriate. TheDisability Directorate neither had wheel chair not any assistance at the entrance of the office. This is a place where all category of disabled would come often to inquire and support.
Sharad and Prateek, both visually impaired, could get the wheel chair only after entering the office after much effort. They demand thebraille literature to help them understand the schemes for PWD, which, as expected, is not available.The officials rather than giving them a word of assurance, leave for lunch not to return even after an hour.
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Female Guard andSecretaryEmpathetic

People with a disability would face ignominy at every step inSecretariat. From the parking lot to the officer’s cabin, they would be ridiculed though here the female guard was empathetic and assisted Sharad in getting the gate pass. The privatesecretary was also soft and helped Sharad, who sought action on a memorandum. He assured action and early disposal of demand.
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