Kolkata: CPI(M) politburo member Brinda
Karat on Saturday said there would be a country-wide protest if
proper allocation for the disabled was not made in the coming
"We regret that the Government`s policies are totally
insensitive to the needs of the families with disabled
children," she said at a national convention for disabled
Karat said while the Government had exempted Rs 4 lakh
crore in taxes for the rich, it was not allocating funds for
the education of disabled children.
Altogether 142 schools for disabled children had closed
for want of government grants, she said, adding that teachers
with skills for teaching the disabled are unemployed in
"We are warning the Government that there will be a
country-wide movement if proper allocation is not made in the
budget for the disabled. The schools for the disabled should
be reopened and teachers with special education skills should
be employed," she said.
CPI(M) MP said that during the Budget session, the Left
will raise voice in Parliament demanding `Antyodaya` cards for
every disabled person in the country to ensure their food
Describing the Government`s estimate of 4.5 crore
disabled in the country as a gross underestimation, the Rajya
Sabha member said the government had no proper way to identify
"They are kicked about like football and have to bribe
officials to get their Disabled Identity Cards."
She said that the Persons With Disabilities Act was
inadequate in properly addressing the needs of the disabled.
Convenor of the meet and West Bengal Sports Minister
Kanti Ganguly said while sensitising the society about the
challenges faced by the disabled, it was also equally
important to instill a sense of self-respect among the
This, however, will not be possible alone by the
organisations for the disabled and there was a need for
involving the mass organisations in this initiative, Ganguly
"A movement for creating public awareness about the
differently abled people must be built up in lines with the
campaign against polio or HIV/AIDS," he said.
Issues like Education and Health, Employment and
Livelihood and harmonising Indian laws in context of UN
Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities were
discussed at the convention.