Members of handicapped association protested outside GMC raising their demands. According to them, the pension of Rupees 1,000 provided by the Government to them is less for their basic necessities and that it should be increased.
“I’m an educated person. I’ve done engineering and protesting here for my rights. For how much time will 1000 rupees last? Today, a Doctor’s visit fees is around 500 rupees and Government expects us to live for a month with this small amount? No one gives us concession due to our inability. I’m educated so I’ll work for my livelihood but what about those who are illiterate? We are not begging just asking our rights.” said a protestor
“Government hasn’t implemented the 2016 act which was made for physical disabled people. We are helpless but not uneducated. We don’t want money, we want employment. We are ready to work in shops, put stalls, do anything which would help us in surviving. And if Government plans to still help us with money then the amount should be increased to 4,000 per month because 1,000 doesn’t give us more than a cup of tea per day!” added another
The protestors complained about sitting on a hunger strike for 4 days and no one paying attention to them. They also said the Government didn’t help them over the years even when they lived in broken houses.
Abdul Rashid Bhat, State President of Jammu Kashmir Handicapped Association said “We have requested and talked to CM Sir, Governor Sir and LG Sir several times but the only answer we get is that they are looking upon our matter. It’s been 20 years yet no one has ever talked about our problems. We were sure to achieve justice after J&K becoming an UT. Since 4 days we are on hunger strike and even if our demands aren’t fulfilled, we protest outside Raj Bhavan so that their ears can hear our voices.”