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Rashmi Shukla, outgoing Pune police chief keeps her promise, builds ramp for disabled at commissionerate

The action has come three months after Hindustan Times highlighted the plight of disabled visiting the commissionerate wherein eight disabled social workers who had come to meet Shukla by appointment had suffered a rude treatment right from the time they entered the gates of the office.

pune Updated: Aug 02, 2018 16:53 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Rashmi Shukla,Pune,police chief
The new ramp has been constructed near the main door of the entrance of the Pune police commissionerate. (HT VIDEO GRAB)

Fulfilling a promise she made in April this year, Rashmi Shukla, outgoing Pune police commissioner, has constructed a dedicated ramp for the disabled who visit the Pune police commissionerate. The action has come three months after Hindustan Times highlighted the plight of disabled visiting the commissionerate wherein eight disabled social workers who had come to meet Shukla by appointment had suffered a rude treatment right from the time they entered the gates of the office. The new ramp has been constructed near the main door of the entrance of the commissionerate.

Working for the cause of the physically challenged through the NGO Prahar Kranti Andolan, the eight-member group was meeting the commissioner as a goodwill gesture. However, they were not only refused permission to bring their cars inside the commissionerate premises, but had to also wait for almost four hours before they finally met the commissioner on April 5. Most of the members of the group were wheelchair bound.

Rafique Khan, the NGO spokesperson, said, “We thank the police commissioner Rashmi Shukla for fulfilling her promise of constructing a dedicated ramp for the disabled. Unfortunately, the disabled have to fight for their rights and facilities from the government. The government is bound by the Constitution to provide us with basic facilities. We already face many hardships in our lives and fighting for our rights is another big challenge.”

Abhay Pawar, Prahar Kranti Andolan president, said, “The government should do things for the disabled on its own without us staging protest for our basic rights. It is the responsibility of the government to provide us accessibility to public spaces and government buildings,”

Ace shooter Akash Kumbhar said that the government was not doing a favour by setting up the dedicated track. “It is the duty and responsibility of the authorities which is conveniently forgotten.”

Meanwhile, the disabled visitors thanked Shukla who met them at the informal inauguration of the disabled track. Also present on the occasion were Datta Bhosale, Prahar Kranti Andolan Pimpri-Chinchwad president; Rajendra Wakchoure, vice-president and Bhagyashree More of Lions Club.

Rude treatment

On April 5, 2018, a group of disabled who had come to visit Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla after taking her appointment was kept waiting for long.

Constables at the gate of police commissionerate did not allow them to park their vehicles inside the campus and asked the wheelchair-bound visitors to manage on their own to enter the main entrance gate.

They were made to wait from 11 am to 6 pm to meet the commissioner but to no avail.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 16:51 IST