Despite HC orders, Himachal’s blind & deaf students denied hostel, library facility at special school Dhalli: NGO  

SHIMLA- Umang Foundation, a public welfare trust, has yet again raised the issue of lack of facilities including that of a hostel for disabled (blind and deaf) students who have passed class 10 and intend to continue their studies in class 11 in the special school at Dhalli, Shimla.

Ajay Shrivastva, chairman of Umang Foundation, alleged that the government was violating orders of the High Court by not providing library facility to the blind and deaf students in the special school at Dhalli. Blind students need digital library apart from Braille books. There is no science laboratory in the school. The dead line fixed by High Court to appoint new teachers has also expired on 3rd December last year but there has been no move in the direction yet.

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The Himachal Pradesh government has upgraded the school, being run by State Child Welfare Council, up to 12th but has not made arrangements for hostel. The kids students poorer families are being asked to live in P.G. accommodation.

Shrivastava met Governor and submitted a memorandum containing the problems of blind and deaf students. He urged the Governor, who is also the president of State Child Welfare Council, to intervene in providing hostel facility to the students who intend to continue their study in class 11.

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Ajai Srivastava said, “Neither the Council nor government thought about their hostel facility. These children are from poor families of far flung areas. They have been asked to stay in PG accommodation to continue their study. It is a cruel joke with poor disabled boys. The school authorities have declined to arrange for hostel accommodation. As many as 20 students, including 19 deaf and one blind, have passed class 10 recently. They cannot afford to live in private accommodation.”

He suggested making arrangements for senior students in the newly repaired three rooms on the campus or directing the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to look for PG accommodation for them and make full payment of boarding and lodging.

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“The government is paying PG bills of boys of government Home at Tutikandi who have joined ITI on actual basis orphan. In the same manner it should provide accommodation to the blind and deaf students,” he added.

Ajai Srivastva has been fighting for the rights of the disabled students for a long time. The government has not shown any support to him, so mostly he was left with no option but to approach the honorable high-court of Himachal Pradesh with Public Interest Litigations (PILs). However, HP government isn’t showing much interest in state’s disabled students, who are facing enormous challenges due to lack of special facilities required to provide them education.

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It’s a matter of utmost shame for the government that the educational institutes in Himachal hardly care for special students. The infrastructure is not friendly-enough to allow movement of disabled students. Apathy of government still continues despite court orders like always.



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