The Union Government in the third week of January 2017 constituted a Committee to frame uniform rules for the states to avoid delay in proper implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 across India.
The Committee will suggest model draft rules for the states in order to have a uniform rules across India and also to avoid delay in finalization of rules by any state.
The Secretary from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) will head the Committee.
The Committee will submit its report within three months.
The Committee will include representatives from the Union Ministry of Health, DoPT, Labour, Legislative Department, and representatives from NGOs as members. It will also have Principal Secretary/Secretary, Social Welfare Department from Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Uttar Pradesh. All the representatives of Ministries will be of the rank of Joint Secretary and above.
About Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016
• The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016 replaced the PwD Act, 1995.
• The Act includes blindness, low-vision, leprosy cured persons, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, parkinson's disease, chronic neurological conditions, specific learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, speech and language disability, thalassemia, haemophilia, sickle cell disease, multiple disabilities including deaf blindness, and acid attack victim under the definition of disability.
• The Act provides for penalties for offences committed against persons with disabilities and also violation of the provisions of the law.
• The Act is in line with the United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).