Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today (18) ordered government institutions to provide facilities enabling disabled persons to access state facilities easily.
The apex court issued the order when a Fundamental Rights petition filed by accessibility rights activist Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera was taken into consideration today.
The petition was heard by a three-member bench comprising Justices Prasanna Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda and Murdu Fernando.
Accordingly, the order has been issued to eight institutions including Ministries of Social Services and Welfare, Housing and Construction, Justice and Prison Reforms, Education, and the Tourism Development Authority and the Urban Development Authority.
The Supreme Court has ordered to institute legal proceedings in the Magistrate's Courts and the High Courts against the state institutions that breach the order.
The court also ordered the state to pay the petitioner a sum of 50,000 rupees as legal fees.
The case has been tried for 10 years and the decision was announced today.
Dr. Ajith C S Perera, a Chartered Chemist by profession and a former manager in the industry sector, became disabled in 1992 when a tree fell on his car during stormy weather. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of "Idiriya" a humanitarian service organization focusing on disability rights.