Mr Rungta has sent an Email confirming the news of the cabinet approving the 
RPD bill. Perhaps he is in a position to furnish the source!

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avinash shahi
Sent: 01 December 2016 16:03
To: AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues concerning the 
disabled.
Subject: Re: [AI] Fwd: RPD Bill -- PIB release -- for information

I've not come across any newspaper which has reported the approval of
amendments to the RPD Bill 2014 by the cabinet. I however heard the
news of cabinet approval on All India Radio this morning at 8 am news.
This means its official. And what is more puzzling that even PTI feed
has not covered PIB's release. Something is being cooked in the DEPWD
which is troubling me.  I'd urge you friends to download this
morning's (samachar Prabhat) news broadcast from AIR's website as soon
as possible. The government is working in haste and in secrecy after
the SC admonished the social Justice Minister couple of days ago. The
court unusually kept on asking "who is the minister concerned, name
him name him!" and does anyone has any info about the 29th November
meeting called by the disability department after the Apex court's
anger?

On 12/1/16, Amar Jain <amarj...@amarjain.com> wrote:
> I could not find any release on this for 30th of Nov.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On 01-Dec-2016, at 12:00 PM, avinash shahi <shahi88avin...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> 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
>> To:
>>
>> 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
>> Parliament
>>
>> 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
>> are:
>> 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
>> disability.
>>
>> 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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