Disability rights activists charged that while other countries provided concessions to the terminally ill and those unemployed due to permanent disability, Sri Lanka through the budget was imposing more taxes on them.
“Sri Lanka has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” Chief Executive and Secretary General of IDIRIYA, Dr. Ajith C.S. Perera said.
Article 8 of the said Convention deals with raising awareness and yet despite this and Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake’s claim that many sectors had been consulted in the preparation of the budget and the formulation of its proposals, the disabled have not been consulted during the process.
“Of the entire population, 20% are people with restricted ability. This is a fact which the Supreme Court too has acknowledged,” he added.
With regard to physical infrastructure in schools, smart classrooms with a focus on teaching and learning information technology should also be accessible classrooms as per regulations on accessibility, IDIRIYA pointed out, adding that the physical structures of buildings being constructed too should be inclusive.