By KODAAKKAL SHIVAPRASAD : Shivaprasad Y B, born to Sri N Basavarajaiah and Smt.Lalithamma during 20th May 1971 was an Commerce graduate degree holder having his self employment project called CITY CLUTCH at Bangalore City. He having aims to create barrier free atmosphere for the differently abled in the state/nation.
At the age of 4 he affected with Polio on the right leg and with great difficulties have completed education. During college days itself he started working in private firms. While working in the companies had to visit few govt offices for their requirement and during these period I came into contact with several likeminded disabled people. But during that time not having any information about transportation mode that can be adopted by the people with disabilities.
In the year 1994 he started own business and also associated with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communication, BSNL and TATA in their telecommunication projects.
During this period thought of adopting his own transportation for personal use and he was not having any information about how to modify, how to register the vehicle, whom to contact for modification, etc, etc, etc. After thorough verification he got his vehicle modified in Chennai which was quite not satisfied. After facing the much struggle he thought of taking-up the modification of vehicles for fellow differently abled people keeping in view that other differently abled person should not undergo what all the agony passed through.
In this connection he underwent training conducted by M/s.Kivi SRL, Italy and is now conducting modification of vehicles for Differently abled people in the state of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, UP. Further he had obtained permission from Transport Department, Govt. of Karnataka for conducting modification of vehicles for differently abled people. And his firm is the first organisation to obtain such permission from the Transport Department.
Till date he has modified almost all types of cars according to the necessity of the each individual person enable him / her to drive the vehicle independently.
Also educating the differently abled about their rights, exemptions, concessions and schemes available for them. Also gives information about the mobility devices available in the market.
ü Presently Railway Department is extending quota for differently abled people in only selected trains and class of journey. Hence, interacting with the Railway Ministry seeking extension of this facility to all types of journey and trains.
ü Seeking exemption from paying toll charges of all types of vehicles used by the differently abled people across the country in all national and state highways.
ü Seeking extended exemption for all types of differently abled people in Income Tax.
ü Seeking 100% exemption of VAT on purchase of vehicles by any differently abled person for his / her own use.
ü Seeking 100% exemption of customs duty on import of mobility devices by any differently abled person for his / her own use.
ü Seeking 100% exemption of excise duty on purchase of vehicles by any differently abled person for his / her own use.
ü Seeking reservation in Promotion for differently abled people working in Govt. Services – already submitted petition to the Commissioner for State for the people with Disabilities, Karnataka.
ü Seeking free education for all types of differently abled people across the country until the person with disability want to continue his studies.
ü Planning to start special kind of Driving School to train the differently abled people only to drive the vehicle independently
ü Planning to publish a book of successful physically handicapped people to motivate the others.
His contact details are available at www.kodakkal.ning.com