During the period from 2012 to 2016, Kazakhstan saw certification of 27.8 thousand social and transport infrastructure facilities on the matter of accessibility for the disabled, including 17.5 thousand facilities subject to adaptation.  Of them 11 thousand and 212 facilities were adapted. This was reported by Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population Svetlana Zhakupova at the MLSPP briefing today.

The Deputy Minister reminded that in 2015 Kazakhstan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and adopted a commitment to implement international standards concerning persons with disabilities. In order to implement the provisions of the Convention, same year saw the adoption of the Law “On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of Kazakhstan on issues of protecting rights of persons with disabilities”, which amended 24 pieces of legislation, including 3 codes.

“The main purpose of the amendments is creating conditions for free movement of persons with disabilities and other groups with limited mobility,” – S. Zhakupova said.

In particular, the amendments included the requirement for all railway stations, stops, ports, and airports to allocate parking space for people with disabilities marked with special road signs; installation of special information equipment, signaling devices available for persons with limited sight and hearing; availability of duty wheelchairs to service people with limited mobility; installation of specialized public phones for persons moving on wheelchairs.

The Deputy Minister noted that failure of officials, legal entities, and natural persons to provide conditions for unlimited access for persons with disabilities to facilities of social and transport infrastructure results in administrative liability in the form of fines. The fine for officials is 50 MCI, for small businesses – 120 MCI, for medium businesses – 200 MCI, for large businesses – 400 MCI.

To provide unlimited access for persons with disabilities to social and transport infrastructure facilities, starting from 2012 annual regional plans for their adaptation are made under MLSPP regular monitoring.

According to Zhakupova, in total Kazakhstan has 35 thousand and 200 facilities which are frequently visited by people with disabilities. Local executive authorities planned to certify 28 thousand and 205 facilities for accessibility for persons with disabilities. At the end of 2016, certification saw 27 thousand and 828 facilities (98.7%), including 17 thousand 506 (62.9%) facilities subject to adaptation. Of them 11 thousand and 212 (64%) facilities were adapted. The share of social and transport infrastructure facilities which are provided with accessibility is 77.4%.

In 2016 of the total amount of facilities subject to adaptation, 4 thousand and 640 were planned to be adapted. Of them 4 thousand and 537 (97.8%) facilities were adapted by January 1, 2017.

Departments of the Labor, Social Protection and Migration Committee in 2016 conducted 83 random and 287 unscheduled checks on the matter of abiding the Law “On social protection of people with disabilities” in terms of failing to provide accessibility to social and transport infrastructure facilities in the spheres of public administration, healthcare culture, transportation service etc. Based on the inspections results, 335 were issued orders to eliminate violations, 157 administrative fines were imposed amounting to 26.1 million tenge.

The first half of 2017 is planned to see 122 random inspections.

Aside from that, the MLSPP developed an interactive map of the accessibility of social and transport infrastructure facilities “Accessible Environment” (friendlybuilding.kz), which the local executive bodies update with information on the work being done. As of February 15 this year the resource has information on 24 thousand 834 facilities out of 27.8 thousand certified.

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Published: 17 February 2017

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