Millions of people are having problems since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a 21 days lockdown in India. Amongst them, the most affected ones were people with disabilities, especially those who are completely dependent on caretakers because there is no one to get groceries and even medicines for them. Due to the stricter rules made by the government and state police officials, the caretakers can't even go out of the house.
To address this gap, The Tamil Nadu State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Johny Tom Varghese has announced that the government authorities will provide curfew passes for all caretakers of the differently-abled people so that they can go out during lockdown. This latest initiative has won the hearts of the differently-abled community.
A prominent disability rights activist from the state and the Founder, 3 December Movement, TMN Deepak says, the availability of the curfew passes is like a blessing for many.
"Most of the time, it is difficult to travel from one part of the city to another during this lockdown period. Disabled people and their caregivers find this very hard. The government has been giving passes based on medical needs. So this latest pass is indeed beneficial. Our current disability commissioner is very effective. Getting these curfew passes is a combined effort of many disabled people of the state and associations too," TMN Deepak added.
According to parents of children with disabilities, this is a great move by the government. The Director of NGO Vidyasagar, Radha Ramesh, who is the mother of a son with cerebral palsy says, at the moment there is no need for the pass. But she will get it if required. In many cases, the parents are only caretakers for differently-abled children. But in the state, mostly some differently-abled people have only one caretaker whom they are reliant on. This initiative is done by the state government is grace for many, says Radha.
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