CIDCO’s upcoming housing scheme once again lacks any quotas or special schemes for the disabled of the city. After Navi Mumbai News raised the issue, MLC Manda Mhatre took up the matter at the State Assembly. Will justice be served or not is a wait and watch. MLC Manda Mhatre demanded an explanation from the state government during the state Assembly as to why CIDCO continued to neglect the disabled of the city in their new mass housing scheme. she asked for justification as to why despite law for reservation CIDCO had not done so. Despite government rule of Persons with Disability Act 1995 that guarantee employment schemes, housing and equal opportunities to the disabled, Navi Mumbai is proving out to be the worse disabled-friendly city. And there is nothing much that is being done by the only planning organization of the city, CIDCO. It may be recalled that from the very beginning CIDCO has failed to implement this government rule and no special schemes have been provided to the disabled of the city. We spoke with the President of the Handicap Welfare Association that works to provide equal opportunities and implementation of rights of people with disability, Ravi Subbaiah. And once again the upcoming housing scheme of CIDCO lacks this. When we spoke with the Managing Director of CIDCO, G S Gill, he accepted that the scheme did not have any special quota for the physically challenged. When quested as to why the disabled people of the city were being neglected by the corporation, this is what he had to say. BYTE State Urban Development Minister Rajesh Tope could give just another assurance. BYTE Beyond any doubt, both the state government and CIDCO have failed to do anything to make persons with disabilities become a part of the community. With inputs from Sana Warsia, Virendra Jaiswal for Navi Mumbai News.
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