KATHMANDU, Sept 29: Nepalese Youth for Inclusive Society (NYiS) organized a rally on Saturday urging the government to realize the need of the physically challenged and make friendly environment on the roads of Kathmandu for them as they are being reengineered.
The rally also focused on physically challenged friendly environment in public facilities like in the hospitals, hotels, schools and restaurants. Chief Guest of the program, Chief Secretary of Nepal Government, Leela Mani Paudel, talked about the importance of dissemination of systematically organized information in order to sensitize more people about the issue.
Dambar Kumari Nepal, 17, who went through an operation two months ago, participated in the rally in her crutch. The rally started from Nanglo Café in Durbar Marg to Kamal Pokhari, Charkhal, Putalisadak and ended in Bhrikuti Mandap.
In the picture, Sugarika KC, Miss Nepal 2005, along with other participants takes part in a rally organized by Nepalese Youth for Inclusive Society (NYis) on Saturday at Durbar Marg, Kathmandu. The rally was organized to pressure the government to create friendly environment for the physically challenged people on the roads. (Photo: Bijay Rai/Republica)
Actor Hari Bansha Acharya and Chairman of Road Safety Society Nepal, Kush Kumar Joshi, supported the petition put forward by Event Coordinator Amrita Gyawali. “Let us create a barrier free environment where everyone feels dignified, movable everywhere and realize self respect,” she said. The proposal demands separate ramps for wheelchairs and provision of traffic signals through sound for visually impaired.
Gyawali added, “We are in talks with Road Safety Society Nepal, Karuna Foundation, Joining Hands Nepal, The Hidden Treasure, SOS Children’s Villages, Creating Possibilities and Cyber Sansar for further programs to make this proposal effective. We are also planning to come up with other programs to create awareness among people and the government.”