New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance government on Thursday launched a campaign that seeks to make government buildings, public transport, tourist places, international airports and railways stations disabled-friendly.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (accessible India campaign) on the International Day of Persons with Disability.

“The central government launched this campaign with an aim to increase participation of people with disability in day-to-day practices. Sugamya Bharat is a right step towards an inclusive society. There have been a number of disabled people who have done exceptionally well in various fields, they are an inspiration for all of us,” said Jaitley.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had to launch the campaign, skipped the event as he left for Tamil Nadu for an aerial survey of flood-battered parts of the state.

Jaitley read out Modi’s message.

“Accessibility for persons with disability to all infrastructure and activities is our prime motive. Proposed smart cities should have the provisions for full accessibility for person with disabilities. All central ministries and states should make all efforts to make Accessible India Campaign successful,” the message said.

The government has also decided to set up a special university for people with disabilities at a cost of `1,700 crore. It will start functioning from the next academic year.