The Special Tax Commissionerthe office in Mumbai and the excise departments in other districts will be nodal offices for complaints of violation of the Disability law.
The Maharashtra Government has designated the office of the Special Tax Commissioner as the nodal office where people with physical disabilities You can file complaints for violation of your rights and services under the Disabilities Act of 2016. At the district level, the superintendent of the excise department would be the person in charge.
On December 7, the Department of the Interior issued a government resolution (GR) to this effect. Despite the provision in the Act for a grievance mechanism, it took the state government four years to designate the authority.
According to the RG, any person can file a complaint for violation of the rights provided for in the Law or for breach of its provisions. The GR also establishes that the complaint repair officer must act within 30 days of receiving a complaint
An Interior Department official said the cell is expected to not only file complaints, but also seek to resolve them, hold hearings if necessary and make sure the case is resolved. If the aggrieved person is dissatisfied with the action taken, they may turn to the district disability committee.
According to section 23 of the Disabilities Act, every government establishment must appoint a grievance redress officer for people with physical disabilities. These officers should maintain a complaint log with the following details: name of the complainant, address, details of the complaint, documentary evidence, a thorough investigation of the matter, and hearings, if held. They should also contact the establishment about the steps taken to resolve the complaint.
The Disabilities Act has a provision to ensure the well-being of people with physical disabilities, including their education, health support, equal opportunities in the workplace, social protection and protection against abuse, violence and exploitation. , access to justice and accessibility in voting. The law also directs the government to launch plans for financial independence for people with physical disabilities through skill development and easy loans. There should be cultural, recreational and sports activities for them, establishes the law.
Photos: BEST gets 26 electric buses
Bombay’s New Green Public Transport
For the first time ever, Mumbai BEST bus service has purchased 26 new buses which also have a mechanical lift that will help disabled people get on and off buses. The new buses are also environmentally friendly as they are electric buses. It would take approximately 2 hours to charge the batteries of a bus. Each bus has been purchased at a cost of Rs. Rs 1.10 million approx. It has a total seating capacity for 25 people. Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the electric buses on December 4. In this photo, take a closer look at some of the features of Mumbai ‘s new environmentally friendly public transportation addition to Mumbai. Photo by Raju Shelar / MMCL
Uddhav Thackeray inaugurates new electric buses
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony on December 4, 2020. He was accompanied by his son and Minister of the Environment in the MVA government, Aaditya Thackeray. “In total, we will acquire 340 more electric buses of this type. We have been in contact with the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries for the last two years and obtained them in phase 2 of the FAME scheme (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) ”, said Aaditya Thackeray, Minister of the Environment. Maharashtra atmosphere. and Tourism. Photo by Raju Shelar / MMCL
Mechanized lift for wheelchair users
The cage shaped door has the ability to lift around 150-170kg. The driver will have the button to operate the lift. It takes 15-20 seconds each to open and close; which would also depend on the state of the road. This lift will touch the ground from where it would pick up the passengers and slide them into the bus. The door to this elevator is next to the boarding gate in the center of the bus. In total, the entire action would take about 30 seconds. Photo by Raju Shelar / MMCL
Advanced features for driver comfort
Each of the 25-seater Tata Ultra Urban AC electric buses is also equipped with advanced features for the comfort of the driver and passengers. To operate the mechanized lift for those using wheelchairs, there will be a button accessible to the driver to operate the lift. The challenge will be negotiating peak traffic hours in Mumbai, as the entire action of opening the elevator and closing it after the person has boarded is expected to take about 30 seconds. Photo by Raju Shelar / MMCL
Charging ports, WiFi hotspot on board
These buses will have ergonomic seats, spacious interiors, provisions of public services such as loading ports, WiFi access point and wide entrance and exit passages. The vehicles also come with an intelligent transportation system (ITS), telematics system and regenerative braking system. These buses have a 180 kV battery that charges in two hours. Photo by Raju Shelar / MMCL