Living with a disability is not a scholarship to heaven, but is certainly a path for learning to value our lives, love, and the small things.
Despite of the Supreme Court orders, the regional offices of the district have failed to ensure requisite facilities to the disabled.
No set mechanism is there for the disabled in most of the offices but officers claim to have provided need-based assistance to incumbents in their offices.
Hindustan Times does a reality check on various public places, offices and hospitals to find out what facilities have been provided for the physically-challenged in the city.
Worst is the case of the municipal corporation, where all offices are situated the upper storeys of the building. The lift has been installed but it has been running out of order for over more than two years.
"It is impossible for the physically challenged to use stairs. Despite of several reminders, the situation is not improved," Rajinder Singh Rahelu, a local resident said.
"The MC officials should be heavily punished for the wilful apathy towards disabled," he said.
At the district administrative complex, the situation is somewhat better. Several requisites such as ramps, lifts, special urinals and wheelchairs are found for the disabled.
Even at the Jalandhar civil hospital, where infrastructure shortage due to financial crunch has become its trademark, lifts are there for the disabled. The Kapurthala civil hospital provides ramp till the last floor of multi-storeyed building for the physically -challenged.
Even at the railway station and bus stand, provision of ramps and wheelchairs is there. Thanks to strict guidelines by the election commissioner, ramps are found at most of the schools, especially where polling booths were set up.
While interacting with HT, students of deaf and dumb school conveyed of sub-standard healthcare facilities for them due to lack of specialists in their communities.
We are treated as second-class citizens due to our disabilities and it hurts when people always look at us with sympathy
In most of the cases, parents of disabled students do not want to send them out, as they fear insecurity to their wards.
There should be some dedicated mechanism for the disabled in each and every government office, especially at reception area. It should not be need-based arrangement.
Disabled persons should be treated with respect not with sympathy at the government offices. Their work should also be taken on priority basis
The administration should install proper signboards in each locality using which we can convey our position to others, in case of need.
Though laws have been formed for the disabled, authorities fail to respond when citizens with disabilities tell them their problem.
The order for repair of lifts in the municipal corporation has been placed. In the coming days, lifts will be made operational.
Mayor Sunil Jyoti
We are concerned about the problems being faced by the disabled and had tried to ensure accessibility to all disabled persons visiting various administrative officers.
Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam