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Dec 04 2016 (17:16)  Wheelchair-friendly facilities sought (www.thehindu.com)
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Multiple demonstrations
The Secretariat witnessed demonstrations undertaken by many collectives of persons with disabilities. The Kerala Lottery Agents and Sellers Union of the Sightless took out a rally demanding that they be exempted from the purview of service tax. They also called for BPL ration cards for visually challenged lottery sellers; extension of the ESI scheme for lottery agents; permission for lottery business at secure locations such as civil stations, airports, railway stations, and Corporation, municipality and panchayat offices. Aswathy Nair, founder of the NGO ‘Jwala,’ inaugurated the demonstration. The All Kerala Federation of the Deaf also organised a demonstration to demand separate reservations in employment for the aurally challenged; identity cards for the differently abled; and prevention of issuance of certificates
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by medical boards for persons with below 60 per cent disabilities. Meanwhile, the Ananthapuri Hospitals donated ten specially designed wheelchairs to the Central Railway station. Railway senior divisional commercial manager V.C. Sudheesh received the wheelchairs from Ananthapuri Hospitals chairman A. Marthanda Pillai.
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