Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Fri Jun 11 05:59:43 EDT 2010

I heard that the committee had its first meeting yesterday. Any updates?


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Subject: GOOD NEWS!!!
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 18:12:03 +0530

Dear Friends,
I am grinning from ear to ear as I write this E-mail. A year and a few
days into the disability scetor, and each time I am amazed at the power
of advocacy!! 
You all are aware of the Committee formed to draft a New Law. You are
also aware that DRG had demanded that it include more disabled people in
it. While a lot of people did feel that we should let the Committee be,
anyone who knows Mr. Abidi will obviously know that he is never someone
to give up so easily or, someone who will ever compromise on the
principles he has stood by for the last 2 decades - 'Nothing About Us,
Without Us'!
We had suggested a few names to the Minister and now after a candle
light vigil and a hunger strike, we finally got what we wanted. The
following of our colleagues have been included in the Committee:

Shri A.S. Narayanan of National Association of the Deaf 
Ms. Bhargavi Davar of Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse 
Shri J.P. Gadkari of Parivaar 

Shri K. Ramkrishna of National Association for the Blind (NAB) - India

Shri Rajiv Rajan of Vidya Sagar
Vandana ji, Syamala ji and Shanti ji played a sterling role in this
success of our's. They were the ones who consistently spoke to the
Ministry officials day in and day out to get the message of the
disability sector across.
Also a lot of credit goes to Rajiv, Srinivasulu, Paul Ramanathan,
Meenakshi and their collegues who came to Delhi for the hunger strike
and refused to take things lying down. Hats off to them!
We now hope that this Committee will be able to come out with that magic
draft that will ensure the paradigm shift that the sector has long been
With best regards,
Dorodi Sharma
Programme Manager
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)
A -77, South Extension Part II
New Delhi - 110 049, India
Tel.: 91-11-26265647 / 26265648 
Websites: www.ncpedp.org and www.dnis.org
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