I could not find any release on this for 30th of Nov.
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> On 01-Dec-2016, at 12:00 PM, avinash shahi <shahi88avin...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> From: National Platform For The Rights of the Disabled <nprd...@gmail.com>
> Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:53:21 +0530
> Subject: RPD Bill -- PIB release -- for information
> Government of India
> Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
> 30-November-2016 19:38 IST
> Cabinet Approves Proposal to Make Important Changes in The Rights of
> Persons With Disabilities Bill, 2014 During Ongoing Winter Session Of
> The Cabinet approved the proposal of the Department of Empowerment of
> Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and
> Empowerment to make important changes in the Rights of Persons with
> Disabilities Bill, 2014 during the ongoing winter Session of Parliament.
> The new Bill with amendments proposes to repeal the existing Persons with
> Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full
> Participation) Act, 1995.
> India signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
> Disabilities (UNCRPD) and subsequently ratified the same on 1st October,
> 2007. The Convention came into effect on 3rd May 2008. Being a signatory to
> the Convention, India has an international obligation to comply with the
> provisions of the Convention.
> Keeping in view the fact that the existing Act of 1995 is not fully in
> conformity with the UNCRPD, a need has been felt to have a rights-based
> legislation with a strong institutional mechanism. The Bill had been mooted
> by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment after extensive
> consultation with various stakeholders, State Governments/UTs and concerned
> Central Ministries and Departments. Now after another round of
> consultations and inputs from the Standing Committee of Parliament,
> Amendments have been proposed. This shall ensure enjoyment of rights by the
> Persons with Disabilities.
> As a result, now the salient features of the proposed Bill with amendments
> i. Responsibility has been cast upon the appropriate governments to take
> effective measures to ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy their
> rights equally with others.
> ii. Disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept.
> iii. The types of disabilities have been increased from existing 7 to 21
> and the Central Government will have the power to add more types of
> disabilities. The 21 disabilities are given below:-
> 1. Blindness
> 2. Low-vision
> 3. Leprosy Cured persons
> 4. Hearing Impairment (deaf and hard of hearing)
> 5. Locomotor Disability
> 6. Dwarfism
> 7. Intellectual Disability
> 8. Mental Illness
> 9. Autism Spectrum Disorder
> 10. Cerebral Palsy
> 11. Muscular Dystrophy
> 12. Chronic Neurological conditions
> 13. Specific Learning Disabilities
> 14. Multiple Sclerosis
> 15. Speech and Language disability
> 16. Thalassemia
> 17. Hemophilia
> 18. Sickle Cell disease
> 19. Multiple Disabilities
> 20. Acid Attack victim
> 21. Parkinson's disease
> iv. Hence, Speech and Language Disability and Specific Learning Disability
> have been added for the first time. Acid Attack Victims have been included.
> New categories within three blood disorders, Thalassemia, Hemophilia and
> Sickle Cell disease have been added.
> v. Additional benefits have been provided for persons with benchmark
> disabilities and those with high support needs.
> vi. Every child with benchmark disability between the age group of 6 and 18
> years shall have the right to free education.
> vii. For strengthening the Prime Minister's Accessible India Campaign,
> stress on ensuring accessibility in public buildings has to be ensured in a
> prescribed time-frame.
> viii. Increase in reservation from 3% to 4% for students with benchmark
> disabilities in higher educational institutions has been proposed.
> ix. It has been proposed to Increase in reservation from 3% to 4% in
> Government jobs for certain persons or class of persons with benchmark
> x. The Bill provides for grant of guardianship by District Court under
> which there will be joint decision – making between the guardian and the
> persons with disabilities.
> xi. Broad based Central & State Advisory Boards on Disability have been
> proposed to be set up as policy making bodies.
> xii. Strengthening of the Office of Chief Commissioner of Persons with
> Disabilities and State Commissioners of Disabilities has been proposed,
> which will act as regulatory bodies and Grievance Redressal agencies and
> also monitor implementation of the Act.
> xiii. National Fund has been proposed to be created to provide financial
> support to the persons with disabilities.
> xiv. The Bill provides for penalties for offences committed against persons
> with disabilities.
> It is expected that the proposed rights based legislation with more Rights
> and Entitlements and strong monitoring agencies at the National and State
> Levels will achieve empowerment and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
> in the society in a satisfactory manner.
> Avinash Shahi
> Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU
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