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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Differently-abeld org rues Malda admin's 'ill treatment'

Malda, 2 February, 2015: CPI-M backed ‘Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilani’ (RPS) members today alleged that the district administration showed an ‘inhuman face’ while they were staging a demonstration in front of the district collectorate building today. The microphones used by the physically challenged demonstrators were allegedly asked to keep mute by the sub divisional officer (sadar) Nandini Saraswati who claimed it using microphone was prohibited as the district collectorate premises had already been declared a silence zone.

SDO (sadar) Nandini Saraswati speaking to leaders of RPS on Malda on Monday
As many as 700 physically challenged persons from different blocks of the district gathered in front of the collectorate building around 11.30 am to serve 21-point deputation to the district magistrate. Before serving the deputation they RPS leaders were delivering speeches when the SDO (sadar) allegedly asked them to mute the microphones.

The order however displeased the physically challenged demonstrators who claimed that restriction regarding the use of microphone was not intimated to them from any end of the district administration.

District working president of RPS Naimuddin Sheikh said, “We applied for permission in writing to organize today’s programme long back. Though the district administration approved our application, we were not informed that the permission was rejected also. So, on good faith we organized the programme when the restriction on the use of microphone was imposed.”

“The programme was supposed to be organized in Malda also on 29 January as a part of our statewide agitation. But as the election of the students’ union in different colleges was prescheduled, we were asked to defer our programme according to the request of the district administration. But we did not similar cooperation from the district administration today,” Mr Sheikh alleged.

He informed that RPS demanded a new law for the physically challenged citizens should be parliament. “We want that camps should be held in different blocks to offer certificates to the physically challenged persons. In addition, introduction of wages for such people and formation of self-help groups exclusively physically challenged citizens and imparting training to them are among our other demands,” he said.

SDO (sadar) Mrs Saraswati however denied of manifesting any inhuman face to the programme of the RPS. “The district administrative headquarter premises has already been declared ‘silence zone’ by the DM. A meeting was held with all political parties months back informing them the restriction. No permission either by the administration or police was accorded for holding the meeting,” she said.

“Still we politely requested them to lower the volume of the microphone which were being sounded loudly. We humbly intimated them the restriction regarding use of microphones prevailing there,” the SDO (sadar) added.

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