Disabilities Act: States going slow on roll-out, says study

Disabilities Act: States going slow on roll-out, says study

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A study conducted by the Disability Rights India Foundation (DRIF) on the implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, found that only 10 states have notified rules under the Act

Important Facts

About the study

  1. The study was conducted in collaboration with the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD)
  2. The study was conducted across 24 states

Highlights of the study

  1. 58.3% of the states have not notified state rules under the RPWD Act, 2016
  2. Ten States including Bihar, Chandigarh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have notified the State rules
  3. 79.2% of the States have not constituted the funds for implementation of the RPWD Act.
  4. 62.5% of the States have appointed Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities
  5. 58.3% of the States have not notified Special Courts in the districts for trying offences under the Act
  6. 87.5% have not appointed a Special Public Prosecutors as mandated by the law
  7. Only three States have constituted Advisory Committees, comprising of experts, to assist the State Commissioners
  8. Out of 24 states, Madhya Pradesh ranked the highest, followed by Odisha, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh.
  9. Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Jammu and Kashmir ranked the lowest

Additional Information

About Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016

  1. The Act seeks to enhance the Rights and Entitlements of Divyangjan and provide effective mechanism for ensuring their empowerment and social inclusion
  2. The Act brings Indian law on Disabled in line with the United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), to which India is a signatory
  3. 21 disabilities are covered under the Act
  4. According to the Act, the state rules are to be notified by all States within six months of the Act coming into force
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