Nawalparasi, October 27
More than 50 per cent people with disabilities in Nawalparasi district are deprived of their ID cards, which has made it difficult for them to access various facilities provided by the state.
There are around 12,000 people with disability of different sorts in the district, Of them, only around 5,500 have their ID cards.
According to Chief of District Women and Children Office, Nawalparasi, Urbara Luintel, there are many factors behind these people not getting their ID cards, including geographical convenience and lack of their possession of citizenship cards, among others.
People with disabilities have complained that it has been difficult for them to access facilities and services that they are entitled to, for want of their ID cards. They have demanded that the government take measures to address their problem.
They have also asked for reservation seats in public transport, concession in transport fare and reservation quotas in civil and teacher services for them.
“Most disabled people are deprived of services and facilities that they are entitled to,” said Bachcharaj Bhar, vice-president of Madhesi Disabled Federation.
A version of this article appears in print on October 28, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.