[AI] Amendments to Persons with Disabilities Act discussed

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Thu Aug 16 01:37:23 EDT 2007

Can anyone let me know (perhaps off the list) regarding proceedings in
Chennai and Pune and what the proposals made to the Govt? or if they are
any different from things discussed in the North?


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Amendments to Persons with Disabilities Act discussed
Tuesday, August 14, 2007  16:21 IST

NEW DELHI: Emphasising on the need to empower disabled persons living in
remote areas, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira
on Tuesday said the ground realities should always be kept in mind while
framing legislations in this regard.

"We have to remember that the basic purpose of the whole exercise is to
empower persons with disabilities specially those living in remote,
and rural areas," Kumar said at a convention discussing amendments
needed to be brought into the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.

"I would suggest that while making recommendations, we should keep the
ground realities in view," she said adding, "special emphasis has to be
given to
empower women and children with disabilities.

"We have to bring them into the mainstream of life and improve their
quality of life," Kumar added.

The convention, the third in the series, discussed suggestions for
amendments to the Act with stakeholders in the northern region.

Earlier, similar meetings had been held in Chennai and Patna.

Most of the suggestions pertained to widening the ambit of the term
disabled and incorporating disabilities like dyslexia and autism.

Participants also called for greater accountability in the
implementation mechanism of schemes and sought affirmative action by the
private sector, Ministry
of Social Justice and Empowerment Veena Chhotray told reporters. 

"The amendments would be brought about only after consultation with
stakeholders from all parts of the country," Chhotray said.

Apart from this, efforts are also being made to incorporate proposals
made in the UN convention on disabled, she said. 


Vikas Kapoor,
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