Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla was in the city this week for an exclusive interaction with students of municipal schools. During his visit NMTV Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ravi Subbaiah took up the issue of permanent ramps in all private and government schools across the country and voting centres with the Chief Election Commissioner. One could call it one of the most enriching and enlightening experience for the students of municipal schools in Navi Mumbai when the Chief Election Commissioner of India Navin Chawla came to the satellite city to give a lecture on Strengthening the Indian Democracy. Navin Chawla interacted with the students, sharing with them some of his experiences that encouraged and motivated the students. In his addressal, Navin Chawla shared one his interactions with a physically challenged at one of the voting centres in Mumbai. Even during the interaction with the students, Navin Chawla shared his experience when he himself was ridden to a wheel chair after a fracture. He said that he very well understood the problems that the physically challenged faced. The incident had such a deep impact on him, that when an NGO approached the Election Commission to do a survey on ramps at voting centres, Navin Chawla consented to it immediately. And later he sent the recommendations made by NGO in its report to the state election commissions across the country to ensure that voting centers are made easily accessible for persons with disabilities. During this visit, the Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla also had an exclusive discussion with NMTV Editor In Chief Dr. Ravi Subbaiah on the challenges the physically challenged faced while going to voting centres to vote. Dr. Ravi Subbaiah being a physically challenged himself was able to convey the plight of these special people who found it difficult to vote, one being the absence of a ramp. Taking cognizance of the suggestion made by Dr. Ravi Subbaiah, Navin Chawla also directed State Election Officer Debashish Chakraborthy to make ramps permanent in voting centres. Intrigued by his unique style of walking, Naveen Chawla also saw Dr. Ravi Subbaiah walks around. Navin Chawla had visited the city to be a part of the foundation day celebration of the Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan and also to felicitate the schools who had participated in huge numbers during the mock voting exercise carried by Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan in association with your channel. The chairman of the Bhavan, Navi Mumbai Unit, S Swaminathan appreciated the support they received from NMTV during their endeavor. He added that if they had mediums like NMTV, then they could involve more and more schools in their initiative. At a time when one of the challenges that the Indian democracy faces is the low turnout of voters during elections, such initiatives by Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan will go a long way to inculcate the will and create an awareness in young next on their right to vote. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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