Take appropriate action for providing treatment to the visually impaired: HC

Jammu Tawi, March 9

In a Public Interest Litigation filed by a NGO Golden Heartz through its Director Parimoksh Seth, regarding seeking direction to state to provide sufficient infrastructure in the school for Blinds in Roop Nagar Jammu including the infrastructure of hostel facilities, boarding and lodging, extra curriculum activities, study material for progression in life, specific computer together with its software.

Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Sanjeev Kumar after hearing Sr. Adv Sunil Seth with Adv Surbhi Gupta for the PIL whereas Deputy AG Vishal Bharti for the state, directed respondents to take appropriate action for providing treatment to the persons, who are visually impaired and having low vision in the Government Medical College, Jammu Government Medical College Srinagar and District Hospital Ladakh.

B also directed respondents to file status report in this regard within four weeks. When the PIL came-up for hearing Sr. Adv Sunil Sethi appearing for the petitioner submitted that in compliance to the order passed by a Bench of this court on 25-11-2016, respondents have filed a compliance report along with a letter, which has been addressed to the Central Government dated 23-11-2015 has been annexed with asking for indulgence of central government in the matter of providing facilities to the blind children and thereafter no action has been taken on behalf of the state government .

It is further submitted that approximately 7.61 lakh  persons are suffering for various disabilities out of which sizeable population are having visual improvement or low vision. It is also submitted that the respondents be directed to provide facilities to those persons having low vision in the Government Medical College, Jammu Government Medical College Srinagar and District Hospital Ladakh.  On the other hand, Deputy AG  Vishal Bharti prays for adjournment in order to enable him to seek instructions.

DB observed that it is shocking to note that in the entire state there are no facilities for treatment of those persons, who are suffering from the diseases i.e. visual impairment or low vision and directed respondents to take appropriate action for providing treatment to the persons, who are visually impaired and having low vision in the Government Medical College, Jammu Government Medical College Srinagar and District Hospital Ladakh.

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