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Volume 6 Issue 10November 01, 2009
- “No to Amendments,” is the writing on the wall!
While the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment continues to take an ostrich like attitude and push for Amendments to the Disability Act 1995, disabled rights activists from across the country were in Delhi on October 29 and 30 at the National Consultation on ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Respect for Dignity, Effective Participation and Inclusive Opportunities) Act, 2010’ organised by N.C.P.E.D.P., to take their demand for a fresh new law forward. Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. takes a look at it.
- “The reason we want a new law…”
Disabled rights activists from across the country were in New Delhi for the National Consultation on ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Respect for Dignity, Effective Participation and Inclusive Opportunities) Act, 2010’, organised by N.C.P.E.D.P. The demand for a new law was unanimous.Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. caught up with a few of them with the poser, “The reason I want a new law…” From vehement demands for a rights based Act to strong voices for accountability, the views were mixed but not different.
- The ‘C.A.T.’ is belled!
D.N.I.S. News Network: The Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked the Director of the Indian Institute of Management (I.I.M.), Ahmedabad, Dr. Samir Barua to respond to N.C.P.E.D.P.’s concerns regarding the online C.A.T. examinations not being disabled friendly and its “failure on both technical and conceptual grounds”.
- 4th Meeting of N.C.R.P.D. – India held
D.N.I.S. News Network: The 4th meeting of the National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (N.C.R.P.D.) - India was held in New Delhi on October 31. The Committee discussed at length the outcome of the National Consultation on the new law that was organised in the capital by N.C.P.E.D.P.
- Minister promises amendments to N.R.E.G.A.
D.N.I.S. News Network: Minister for Rural Development, Dr. C.P. Joshi has promised to make necessary amendments to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (N.R.E.G.A.) to consider persons with disabilities as one unit and to issue separate job cards and allot work to disabled persons according to their interest, aptitude and abilities.
- U.G.C. directs Universities to implement Disability Act 1995
D.N.I.S. News Network: It may be 15 odd years behind schedule, but the University Grants Commission (U.G.C.) has finally directed all Universities to submit an action report on the measures adopted to implement the Disability Act of 1995.
- Efforts to connect disability certificate to Unique Identification Number
D.N.I.S. News Network: D.N.I.S. had reported in August that N.C.P.E.D.P. got in touch with Nandan Nilekani, Chairperson, Unique Identification Authority of India (U.I.D.A.I.) on the possibility of connecting the issue of disability certificates with the Unique Identification Number. In a pleasant surprise, Nilekani called up Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, N.C.P.E.D.P. recently and sent his emissary Deepika Mogilishetty to discuss this possibility further.
- Badhte Kadam: A National Trust Initiative
D.N.I.S. News Network: In an effort to create awareness on U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (U.N.C.R.P.D.), provide understanding of disabilities and to celebrate diversity, the National Trust has taken up an initiative called Badhte Kadam.
- National Conference on I.C.T.s for people with disabilities
D.N.I.S. News Network: The Centre for Internet and Society (C.I.S.), in collaboration with Loyola College and the Department of Information Technology, Government of India, are organizing a 3 day National level Conference on the use of Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.) for people with disabilities in education, employment and entrepreneurship in Chennai from December 1.
- N.C.P.E.D.P. releases 5 baseline reports
D.N.I.S. News Network: 2007 was a year of landmark developments for the disability sector. India ratified U.N.C.R.P.D. and the XIth Five Year Plan carried a whole chapter on disability. However, 2 years since then, both remain just on paper.
- Government’s commitments to disabled people largely unfulfilled: World Bank
D.N.I.S. News Network: A World Bank report on the socio - economic situation of people with disabilities in India has stated that policy commitments of the government in a number of areas remain largely unfulfilled. It also reflects a relative neglect of people with disabilities through weak institutions and poor accountability mechanisms.
- Corruption mars tricycle P.C.O. scheme for disabled people
D.N.I.S. News Network: In a serious case of exploitation of people with disabilities, rampant corruption has been uncovered in the Rs. 1 crore mobile P.C.O. scheme launched by the Delhi government for disabled people. The scandal allegedly borders on the levels of an organised crime.