Recently Governor Vidyasagar Rao announced that special ramps will be constructed at the Raj Bhavan, to make the 47-acre Malabar Hill property disabled-friendly.
Close on the heels of this announcement, the Mayor of Mumbai took a massive step forward, to mark India’s 70th Independence Day, by distributing mobility equipment to 50 people, at his residence.
These types of equipment will offer ‘accessibility’ which is a major concern when it comes to persons with disabilities.
This event was a part of Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust’s initiative in association with Rotary Club of Bombay (Worli), whereby the ‘Make Mumbai Disability Free’ was launched at the mayoral bungalow. State Bank of India and Kewal Kiran Clothing Limited (Killer Jeans) are among the other partners.
Rajiv Mehta, Trustee, Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust said, “The mayor’s initiative, Make Mumbai Disability Free works at multiple levels. The first is that we must continue to make equipment available to our persons with disabilities. Second is we should work towards Mumbai city being more accessible.”
Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar added, “The 2011 census puts India’s disabled at 2.21 per cent of the population, and these numbers are increasing due to reasons such as accidents. Given this scenario, the support generated by Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust and Rotary Club of Bombay (Worli) for ‘Make Mumbai Disability free’ campaign is truly empowering. We intend to work towards making certain provisions for persons with disabilities in the next BMC budget. If every Indian decides to contribute for this noble cause, a solution will surely emerge.”
Rotarian Sandeep Shah, former president of Rotary Club of Bombay (Worli) said, “We firmly believe that everyone must make efforts in preventing the events which cause disability such as crossing railway lines, accidents due to drunken driving, jaywalking, not immunising children with the polio vaccine, ignoring industrial safety norms and so forth.”
Kewal Jain, Managing Director of Kewal Kiran Clothing Limited said, “We are happy to partner with Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust and Rotary Club of Bombay (Worli) in the noble initiative of ‘Make Mumbai Disability Free’ and would like to take this mission on an all India basis.”
“We firmly believe that India’s growth is directly linked to the physical and mental health well-being of its citizens and we will walk that extra mile to create awareness and support every initiative which makes an individual with disability lead a life of dignity. Our CSR programs are also in this direction,” said Jain.