[AI] Draft Legislation for the Disabled will be Ready by December

Gopalakrishnan gopalakrishnan_vip at yahoo.co.in
Thu Aug 26 12:46:16 EDT 2010

India News

New Delhi 

Thursday, Aug 26 2010 IST

Agreeing that 2.19 crore disabled population in the country needed a better legal and administrative framework to ameliorate their lot, the Government today held out hope that a draft legislation harmonising the general principles of the UN body for disabilities would be in place by the end of the year. An experts and stakeholders group has been studying and collating 100 proposed amendments for drafting a holistic and forward-looking legislation to benefit the disabled sections of society since May this year and a comprehensive legislation may be in place by December, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik told the Rajya Sabha. He was making a statement on a Call Attention Motion on the 'discrimination faced by disabled citizens' and the urgent need to place an appropriate administrative and legal framework to address the requirements. He said as per the Census 2001, there were 2.19 crore persons with disabilities ranging from visual impairment, speech, locomotor and mental disabilities constituting 2.13 per cent of the population.

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