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Volume 3 Issue 15

August 01, 2005

Feature

  • Disablility Sector flays Draft National Policy for flouting international conventions

    It took ten years after the promulgation of The Disability Act 1995, for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to formulate the draft National Policy for Persons with Disabilities. However, the gaping loopholes in the National Policy and the slipshod manner in which it was brought out has shocked and disappointed the entire disability sector. National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) had analysed the so-called draft Policy and found it to be a watered down version of existing legislation. Further the Policy document is in complete violation of Biwako Millennium Framework, which mandates that any policy affecting people with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific Region should be drafted in consultation with the key stakeholders. It is enmeshed in charity and welfare mode and provides little voice to people with disabilities for whom the policy is framed. The whole process upset the disability sector so much that N.C.P.E.D.P. had even organised a Press Conference, also inviting other leaders in the sector, to highlight the issue in the media.


  • C.A.B.E. meeting offers great hopes for Inclusive Education for children and youth with disabilities

    The nation is poised at a historic threshold that could, in the coming years, usher in equity and participation for millions of youth and children suffering from a range of disabilities, as their participation in the mainstream education in the past five decades of independence has been near zero, with only two percent of children with disabilities getting any kind of schooling. This hope has been kindled by promising hints in various reports presented at the Central Advisory Board of Education (C.A.B.E.) meeting held in the Capital from 14-15 July 2005. Parvinder Singh reviews highlights of these reports from the point of the disability sector and interventions made by Javed Abidi, Executive Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.), who was nominated to the C.A.B.E. Committee by Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh.

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  • Disability leadership strongly criticises Draft National Policy

    The Draft National Policy for Persons with Disabilities is not only a diluted version of the existing legislations, but it has also been drafted without consultation with stakeholders. N.C.P.E.D.P. had circulated a questionnaire to prominent activists representing different disabilities and regions, for their views regarding the process, and the draft itself. The following is a cross-section of views.

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