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Maharashtra: 90 percent disabled doctor gets relief from CM

Maharashtra: 90 percent disabled doctor gets relief from CM

Mumbai: A wheelchair-bound paralysed woman doctor has received Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ assurance for her transfer to her hometown.

Dr Vaidya, in her petition through, stated that she is 90 per cent disabled after she had met with an accident six years ago in which lower part of her body was paralysed.

“I am 90% disabled and they expect me to travel 100 km everyday! I am a doctor and a single mother and I am trying to make an honest living… Six years back, my life changed upside down after an accident left me paralysed waist below,” she said.

She said since she is completely dependent on others from getting up from bed, to get into wheelchair or even while going to bathroom, found difficult while working in Baramati without her family.

Citing government rule that a physically-challenged person is not supposed to be posted further than 10 km from their home, Dr Vaidya petitioned the chief minister, appealing to get her transferred to her hometown in Pune.

The petition received instant support on social media, getting signed by 85,000 people. Moreover, it also garnered an instant reaction from CM Fadnavis on twitter.

Replying to her petition, Fadnavis had yesterday tweeted, “Needful for your transfer will be done by tomorrow. Please inform which officer did not consider your request. Apologies for inconvenience.”

The doctor has openly thanked the CM for his support.

“I can’t thank the Chief Minister enough. His response will completely change my life. I won’t need to travel 100 km every day and I will be able to raise my daughter and also do my duties as a doctor with equal commitment,” Dr Alaknanda Vaidya said.

After knowing that Chief minister has reacted over her online petition at Change.Org, she also thanked those who signed her online petition in support.

“My daughter is overjoyed. I am going back to Pune. Thank you so much! Without your support this would not have been possible,” she said.

Expressing satisfaction over Fadnavis’ response, Preethi Herman, Country Lead for Change.Org, said, “By being so proactive to Dr Alaknanda’s supporters on Change.Org, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his government have ensured that a single mother does not have to chose between her work and family. This truly is a great day for engaged citizenship and a responsive government.”

Source: with input from agencies
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