New Delhi: A draft of a comprehensive new law on the Rights of disabled persons was on Friday presented to Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik.
The proposed new law ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011’, drafted by a Committee appointed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, to replacing the existing Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, seeks to repeal the Persons with Disabilities Act of 1995 and to replace it with a comprehensive rights based law in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 was proposed to be replaced by a new legislation by the Ministry in the light of the experience gained in the implementation of the Act, developments that have taken place in the disability sector over the years, and also the commitments under the UNCRPD.
A Committee under the Chairpersonship of Dr Sudha Kaul, who is also the Vice Chairperson, Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata, and consisting of experts and representatives of stakeholders including Central Ministries, State Governments, Civil Society Organisations and experts, including persons with disabilities was set up by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on April 30, 2010 to consider various suggestions and views and to draft a comprehensive law.(INN)