SHIMLA - 24 March, 2019

Special facilities for Person with disabilities

Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) will be accorded utmost priority at polling stations and they will have access to enter without waiting in the queue, stated Chief Electoral Officer, Devesh Kumar here on Sunday. Polling personnel are briefed about the provisions of Election Commission of India (ECI) for permitting a companion to accompany a blind/infirm elector.

He said that poll personnel are trained & sensitized regarding special needs of persons with various disabilities. PwDs can also contact the booth level officer regarding the same, if he needs assistance. He said that people with disabilities were to be assured minimum facilities that would be made available at polling booths. Signages, Help Desk, polling booth at ground floor, obstacle free wide leveled pathway from entrance to voting compartment, ramp as per Government of India (GOI) standards, accessible toilets, drinking water, separate entry and exit, lighting, accessible furniture, braille ballot guide, adjustable braille embossed electronic voting machines (for visually impaired), wheel chairs, booth volunteers and display of accessible posters on information pertaining to exercising their franchise are few facilities to be made available.

Online/SMS booking of wheel chairs can also be made prior to poll day so that this facility is assured to PwDsand reduced mobility at polling booths, he said. PwD Mobile app which is specially meant for PwDs to request for voter facilitation could be downloaded from Android Google Play store for further information.

Apart from this, to facilitate the women electors as many as 136 polling stations have also been identified in the State solely for women polling personnel. Besides, five polling stations would be set up for orphanages. These would be set up in Ki in Lahaul-Spiti, and at Dari in Kangra, Bhangrotu-1 in Mandi, Basantpur in Shimla and at Dharampur in Solan, he said.

===============================================Gurukul's education ensures overall development of students : Governor

Governor Acharya Devvrat said that Gurukul's education represents our culture and traditions. Overall development of child was possible in Gurukul, where they not only become self-dependent but becomes a better citizen to play vital role in building of a prosperous society and country.

Governor was addressing students and parents at Gurukul Kurukshetra's 'Gurukul Shiksha Utsav' today. Over eight thousand students participated in Gurukul Utsav this time. After the programme, Governor inaugurated Principal's Residence in the Gurukul campus.

Acharya Devvrat said that educational institutes should inculcate values in students while imparting education and ensuring their good health. Gurukul Kurukshetra is ideal example of this belief. He said that due to demand of parents more Gurukul institutes will be opened in future.

Principal of Gurukul Col. Arun Dutta detailed parents about various achievements of Gurukul in the year 2018.