State institutions ordered to provide access to differently abled

The Supreme Court today ordered eight state institutions to provide access for differently abled persons.

Among the eight state institutions are six Ministries.

This includes the Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, the Ministry of Urban Affairs and Western Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Construction, Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, the Tourism Ministry, and Urban Development Authority.

The order was issued after considering a petition submitted by well known disability rights activist Dr. Ajith Perera.

In its order, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental rights of persons with special needs had been violated by denying them the opportunity to obtain proper access to state institutions.


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