Volume 4 Issue 15 - August 01, 2006
M.S.J.E. backtracks! Amendments to the Disability Act postponed
D.N.I.S. News Network – Finally buckling under pressure from the disability sector, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (M.S.J.E.) has gone back on its earlier deadline for suggestions for bringing about rushed amendments to the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The deadline has now been extended by six months, to 31 January 2007.
This action is reflective of the manner in which the Ministry has been functioning. The amendment process had been on the back burner ever since Meira Kumar took over as the Minister over two years ago. Then suddenly, the Ministry woke up and invited suggestions from “interested individuals and organisations” for amendment to the Act.
The disability sector was upset
over the Ministry’s apathetic attitude. A.A.D.I. (formerly called Spastics
Society of Northern India,
The so-called consultation process that followed was more like a window dressing. Never learning from experience, the M.S.J.E. once again failed to win the confidence of the disability sector and of disabled people for whose very welfare the Disability Act exists.
But now, thanks to the severe and all round criticism, and the loud, clear and coherent voices of the disability movement, the M.S.J.E. has backtracked and postponed its rushed attempt by six months.
DNIS is produced and managed by:
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People
- List of Awardees 2013 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (1.44 MB)
- List of Awardees 2012 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (804 KB)
- List of Awardees 2011 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (864 KB)
- List of Awardees 2010 :NCPEDP MPHASIS Universal Design Awards (623 KB)
SHELL HELEN KELLER AWARDS
NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Awardees 2013
New Disability Law
- Sign Language - the Life Line for Deaf People
- M.S.J.E.’s Proposed Amendments to the Disability Act – a façade for Inclusion, Justice & Empowerment
- M.S.J.E. backtracks! Amendments to the Disability Act postponed
- Elections for the Board of the National Trust announced
- Railways to add reserved wheelchair compartments to all mail express trains
- Bombay H.C. directs schools to abide by guidelines for dyslexic students
- Karnataka H.C. dismisses plea of disabled girl for seat in professional course
- Allocate funds for mental health: Child rights activists and child mental health specialists
- Governor intervenes; Disabled boy readmitted in school
- Centre directs its departments to fill up vacancies for disabled people
- D.U. to implement three per cent reservation for disabled teachers, students
- Revolutionary technology for people with brain and spinal injuries
Disability News and Information Service is produced and managed by: