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Salient Features of Rights of Persons With Disabilities (RPWD) Bill

Addressing a Press Conference on the occasion of “International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December)” Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment has said that in the “Rights of Persons With Disabilities (RPWD) Bill, the Disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept and 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.

He also said that Speech and Language Disability and Specific Learning Disability have been added for the first time.

“Acid Attack Victims have been included. Dwarfism, muscular dystrophy have has been indicated as separate class of specified disability. The New categories of disabilities also included three blood disorders, Thalassemia, Hemophilia and Sickle Cell disease.” He said

The salient features of the proposed Bill

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 including deafblindness
  20. Acid Attack victim
  21. Parkinson’s disease

iv. Speech and Language Disability and Specific Learning Disability have been added for the first time. Acid Attack Victims have been included. Dwarfism, muscular dystrophy have has been indicated as separate class of specified disability. The New categories of disabilities also included three blood disorders, Thalassemia, Hemophilia and Sickle Cell disease.

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 has been given to ensure accessibility in public buildings (both Government and private) in a prescribed time-frame.

viii. It has been proposed to increase reservation from 3% to 4% in Government jobs for certain persons or class of persons with benchmark disability.

ix. 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.

x. Broad based Central & State Advisory Boards on Disability have been proposed to be set up as policy making bodies.

xi. 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. These Offices will be assisted by an Advisory Committee comprising of experts in various disabilities.

xii. Creation of National and State Fund has been proposed to provide financial support to the persons with disabilities.

xiii. The Bill provides for penalties for offences committed against persons with disabilities.

xiv. Designated special Courts have been proposed to handle cases concerning violation of rights of PwDs.

The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 30.11.2016 approved the proposal of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) to incorporate these amendments 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.

Source: PIB

This article has been made possible because of financial support from Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation.

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  • Shyma. T says:

    This is very interesting.. aria…. Iam a resourse tr. So iwant more information about dissebled students.. and education, vocational traing programs… etc

  • leela MK says:

    Is there a provision for free parking facility to disabled persons near entrance of big hypermarkets?

  • Rishi indiwar says:

    I am Rishi indiwar visually disabled newly employed at Allahabad DRM.but not able to job at night for 12 hours as a helper.I am fully able to do work on computer as my qualification is MCA.I want to take transfer at home town Ranchi .please help.

  • Santhosh kumar says:

    Name J.Santhosh kumar
    Address 1/94 Pillayar Koil Street Kolapakkam Chennai -600 128
    Phone 9500089782
    ( only Sms , WhatsApp )
    From Chennai in TamilNadu
    Ref :- 30/05/2017 time 11:40 pm

    Subject:- The RPWD Bill Act 2016

    Dear Sri

    Government of TamilNadu Jobs
    Cannot Help Deaf all Hard Poor but Government of India By Law letter Proof Please Gmail I Need for TN District 34

    Regrets
    TamilNadu State Federation of the deaf
    J.Santhosh kumar
    Asst Secretary

  • Manoj Kumar says:

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  • Manoj Kumar says:

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  • umesh .k.r says:

    Address umesh/ late renukaradhya
    At Kora (post) tumkur (D) Karnataka .572128
    My problem sure divorce court yes my hard worry cry yes

  • umesh .k.r says:

    Good sir /madam
    I m Umesh deaf in tumkur at Karnataka
    But my problem sure me my wife divorce court with Police station both sure note yes file odre talk God odre me my lie talk not me but her is name mamatha talk action clever lie talk in court post me my deaf hard vere in worry cry me problem me
    PL you ask promise faithfully sir / madam

  • Leo says:

    Hearing Impairment (deaf and hard of hearing)
    Who gave this idea??? it should not combine in one line. it could be confused among to normal people. better to separate lines like low vision and blindness are separate lines.
    Hard of hearing – how hard? 70% or 80% or which dB?

  • Navin kumar says:

    I am orthopedically handicapped. I have no special insurance policy and persons like me. Please tell me any special insurance policy.

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