Accessible transport demanded for up to three million disabled citizens
The Indian state of Karnataka is home to approximately three million people with disabilities. Speaking on their behalf and for themselves, the Bangalore Young Voices group submitted a memorandum to the state minister for transport. It called for the state bus transport corporation to honour national laws and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by ensuring full access to public transport. This includes providing free or reduced price bus passes for people with disabilities as is done in many other Indian states. Finally, the Young Voices members demanded that the corporation fulfil its obligations under national law to ensure that 3 – 5% of all its jobs, as well as concessions in bus stations, are filled by people with disabilities.