The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment notified the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 on Thursday.
The Rules mandate each establishment to publish an equal opportunity policy for persons with disabilities. This policy is supposed to be published preferably on its website, and should include facilities & amenities to be provided and posts identified for such persons. The policy of a private establishment having twenty or more employees and the Government establishments should contain the following:
Further, every establishment is required to comply with standards relating to physical environment, transport, information & communication technology etc. Documents to be placed on the website have to be in Electronic Publication (ePUB) or Optical Character Reader (OCR) based pdf format.
The Rules stipulate the composition of the Central Committee for Research on Disability. They, however, bar research to be conducted on a person with disability, except when the research involves physical impact on his body. A grievance redressal mechanism has also been provided for.