[AI] On going hunger strike in Tamil Nadu
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Specially-abled protest Railways' decision, observe hunger strike in Chennai
Chennai, May 5 (ANI): Specially-abled persons in Tamil Nadu staged a
demonstration on Wednesday to protest the decision of Indian Railways making
the disabled-friendly coaches open for general public.
Members of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Handicapped Association went on a
hunger strike to protest the move here, demanding that disabled-friendly
coaches should be made open for their exclusive use again.
"The Railway Department has converted the reservation coaches (reserved for
specially-abled persons) into unreserved coaches (open to general public),
which is very unfortunate. This move of the Railway Department is
condemnable and we need to see that the railway should retract this, and
till then we are not going to give up this fight and we will move forward,
and make the whole Railway Department stand still," said Govindakrishnan,
member of Federation Of Tamil Nadu Handicapped Association.
Protestors said they are facing problems after the coaches have been made
open to everyone.
They rued that they have been protesting for nine months but their
representations have not been heeded.
"The specially-disabled coaches with disabled people have suddenly been made
into a reservation compartment (where anyone can reserve seats) and we don't
want that to be a reservation compartment. We want that as an unreserved
compartment for the disabled people, and for this we have been fighting for
a very long time, say, for about nine months. We have made several
representations and everything has gone into vain. So, till that retraction
of the decision comes across we are not going to withdraw our hunger strike.
We are going to continue for that," said Deepak, a member of Federation Of
Tamil Nadu Handicapped Association. (ANI)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pamnani" <kanchanpamnani at hotmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:45 PM
Subject: [AI] On going hunger strike in Tamil Nadu
> I am copying below a series of sms received from Rajiv Rajan an activist
> from Tamil Nadu. I feel we should support his work in whatever way we can.
> Hi,THE TAMIL NADU HANDICAPED CHARITABLE TRUST A MEMBER OF DISABILITY
> RIGHTS ALLIANCE TAMIL NADU IS LEADING AN INDEFINIT HUNGER STRIKE IN
> CHENNAI FROM TOMORROW. THE 1st & FOREMOST DEMAND BEING REVOKING OF THE
> ORDER BY THE INDIAN RAILWAYS MAKING THE DISABILITY COACH A RESERVED ONE .
> THE OTHER IMPORTANT DEMANDS BEING RESERVING THE 1st & 2nd SEAT/BERTH IN
> EVERY COACH FOR DISABLED PASSENGERS, MAKING ALL THE COACHES ACCESSIBLE. A
> LIST OF 7 DEMANDS IS BEING PUT FORWARD TO THE INDIAN RAILWAYS. MISS
> KANIMOZHI A MEMBER OF RAJYA SABHA &DAUGHTER OF CHEIF MINISTER OF TAMIL
> NADU IS WORKING IN DELHI FOR THE SAME.PLEASE SUPPORT THE DRA TAMIL NADU TO
> ENSURE THAT THE RIGHTS OF DISABLED PASSENGERSARE NOT DENYED BY ORGANISING
> SIMILAR HUNGER STRIKES IN YOUR STATE/UTs IN THE COMING DAYS & OR BY
> WRITING TO THE RAILWAY MINISTER URGING HER NOT TO DENY RIGHTS OF DISABLED
> WE THE DRA TAMIL NADU SEEK YOUR URGENT SUPPORT FOR HUNGER STRIKE . WE
> REQUEST YOU TO URGENTLY SEND TELEGRAMS TO THE PMO & RAILWAY MINISTER IN
> SUPPORT OF THE DEMANDS. URGING THEM TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO SOLVE THE
> ISSUE . THE 1st & FOREMOST DEMAND BEING REVOKING OF THE ORDER BY THE
> INDIAN RAILWAYS MAKING THE DISABILITY COACH A RESERVED ONE . THE OTHER
> IMPORTANT DEMANDS BEING RESERVING THE 1st & 2nd SEAT / BERTH IN EVERY
> COACH FOR DISABLED PASSENGERS , MAKING ALL THE COACHES ACCESSIBLE . A LIST
> OF 7 DEMANDS IS BEING PUT FORWARD TO THE INDIAN RAILWAYS. THANKING YOU IN
> ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT .
> HI THIS IS TO REMIND YOU ABOUT THE HUNGER STRIKE LEAD BY TAMIL NADU
> HANDICAPED FEDERATION CHARITABLE TRUST A MEMBER OF DRA TAMIL NADU IN
> PROTEST AGAINST THE ATTITUDE OF RAILWAYS TOWARDS DISABLED PEOPLE . DRA
> LOOKS FORWARD TO YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CAUSE.
> I FEEL THE SITUATION HERE IS SENSITIVE ANY TIME STRIKERS MAY BE ARRESTED .
> IN SUCH A CASE WE SURELY HAVE TO COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT. I WILL MESSAGE YOU
> 150 PEOPLE ON HUNGER STRIKE FOR 22 HOURS. DON'T THE RAILWAYS HAVE HUMANE
> FEELING? SUPPORT NEEDED IN WHATEVER WAY POSSIBLE TO WAKE UP MAMATHA FROM
> HER PRETENDED SLEEP. PLEASE SUPPORT
> GENERAL SECRETORY OF TAMIL NADU HANDICAPED FEDERATION CHARITABLE TRUST & A
> FEW OTHERS HAVE FAINTED DUE TO 26 HOURS OLD STILL ON GOING HUNGER STRIKE
> BY DISABLED PEOPLE IN CHENNAI.
> PMK LEADER G.K MANI CAME TO THE PROTEST &PROMISED THAT AN ATTENTION
> SEEKING MOTION WOULD BE BROUGHT IN THE STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
> TOMORROW. HE SPOKE TO THE SECRETORY TO CM WHO TOLD HIM THAT LETTER IS ON
> CM'S TABLE AWAITING FOR HIS SIGNATURE IT COULD BE SEND TO THE PRESS
> TONIGHT OR TOMORROW MORNING BUT WE ARE STILL CONTINUING THE PROTEST AS
> NOTHING LESS THAN A LETTER OR PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CM OR THE RAILWAYS IS
> ACCEPTABLE TO US.
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