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Give free education to disabled students: HP govt urged

July 8, 2019

The Himachal Pradesh government was urged to provide free education and libraries in the educational institutions to the visually impaired and the other disabled students.

The State Disability Advisory Board’s expert member Ajai Srivastava wrote a letter to the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, which said the Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the government to provide free education to the disabled student’s upto the university level.

The letter said the High Court also ordered the state government to provide computers with talking software and other assistive devices to the visually disabled college students.

The Chairman of a NGO, Umang Foundation, Srivastava said, that based on a public interest litigation (PIL) writ petition filed by him four years ago, the High Court had established that free education up to University level – including all professional and vocational courses, is a fundamental right of the disabled students.

Srivastava claimed the court directed the state government to make necessary rules within six months. Unfortunately the judgement delivered on 4th June 2015 is still to be implemented. The disabled students studying in schools, degree colleges, medical and engineering colleges, polytechnics and ITIs are still far from free education.

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