Social Issues

Govt to Withdraw Amendments to RPD Act

THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has, in a statement issued on July 8, congratulated the disabled community of India for standing together to defeat the conspiracies to amend the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act and defang it of its penal provisions.

The NPRD also expressed its gratitude to all those people’s movements and political parties and personalities who expressed solidarity and stood with one of the most marginalised sections of society.

Remove Manu Statue: DSMM

THE Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch extends its support to the demand made by several dalit activists and organisations for the removal of the Manu statue in the premises of the High Court at Jaipur. This statue was placed there 31 years ago by a group of advocates who wanted to pay homage to him as a lawmaker.

Take back Auction of 41 Coal Blocks

BHUMI Adhikar Andolan(BAA) issued a press release on June 19, to roll back the decision to auction 41 coal blocks. BAA said that coal is not a commodity for private profit and it cannot be sold in the name of development. The BAA also demanded implementation of PESA-Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act and Forest Rights Act in its letter and spirit.

NPRD WelcomeS TN Govt's Ex gratia for Disabled

THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), in a statement issued on June 16, has  congratulated the disability movement in Tamil Nadu for forcing the Tamil Nadu state government to announce an ex gratia of Rs 1000.

Unlike the ex gratia announced by the union finance minister, which covers a mere 3.81 per cent of the disabled population, this ex gratia will be given to the all disabled persons who possess a disability certificate. This would benefit around 13,35,000 lakh disabled persons in Tamil Nadu.

Hold Consultations on Education & Exams

THE unplanned and abrupt announcement of the national lockdown was made as the academic year was ending and many examinations were either in progress or were scheduled to take place. The sudden announcement has not just disrupted the academic year but has brought in uncertainty among students about their future. The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled, in a statement issued on June 7, has said that while it has impacted all students, the disabled and the marginalised are the worst affected.

The Pandemic that Endures

ON the very first day of the lockdown, March 25, a sanitation worker in Delhi, Suresh, died at a sewage treatment plant while his co-worker, Jasbir, was admitted to hospital in a critical condition.  They were not only working in extremely hazardous conditions but they were also bereft of equipment  considered essential for such work all over the world.

NPRD condemns attack on disabled

 

THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) strongly condemns the brutal violence perpetrated by the Delhi Police on students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University who were holding a peaceful protest against the massive hike in fees and their right to an affordable and accessible education on November 18.

TAMIL NADU UNTOUCHABILITY ERADICATION FRONT: Twelve Years of Struggle and Achievements

FORMED twelve years ago, the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF), a broad-based organisation, has since carried out many successful struggles and movements, increased its influence over various sections of the society and made quite an impact in the southern state. Trade unions, associations of farmers and farm labourers, mass organisations, dalit outfits, and some intellectuals have involved themselves in the functioning of this mass front over the years, making it a powerful agent of change.

Shame on you Manu, Apologise

THE news about death of two innocent children of Shivpuri on September 25 morning was very scary. Scarier was the fact that except one newspaper the others did not even think that it was worth reporting. It seems that journalism now has become more of an agenda work and news is missing from it.

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