Differently abled demand right to contest polls

CHENNAI: Members of the Tamil Nadu Association for the Welfare of the Differently Abled demanded the right to contest polls to Assembly, parliament and local bodiest. They went on a differently abled rights awareness campaign that was flagged off in the city on Sunday by member of Parliament Kanimozhi.
The members listed 17 demands, including right to be part of State and central politics, besides three percent reservation during nomination of candidates for elections.
“We also want three percent reservation in the Rajya Sabha. We have submitted our demands to Kanimozhi MP,” said K Gopinath, State president, TNAFWDA.
The members also demanded easy access to public buildings such as banks, schools, hospitals by constructing side rails, ramps, lifts and special toilets. They want differently abled people to be appointed in the committee that assesses the quality of aids and appliances given to the disabled.
“We have been finding it tough to get licences for three-wheelers (two-wheelers) and four-wheelers. We want the right to get licences sooner and easier. Besides non-discrimination, we want the right to get job to be made a fundamental right for us and right to sue and help get punishment for those who portray differently abled people in a bad light,” said Gopinath.
Mayor M Subramanian and Anna University Vice-Chancellor Mannar Jawahar were present during the rally.