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Friday, 15 February 2019

Amendments in the laws on Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995


The proposed change in the laws on Persons with Disabilities (Equal  Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995  is a commendable attempt to counter ill-rooted discrimination based on  a person's disability through legal guarantees of equality of  opportunity. This is in compliance with the letter and spirit of the  2007 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities. The Government proposes to increase the reservation from  existing three percent to five percent in the government sector and  incentives for the firms employing such persons with disabilities up  to five percent.  The remarkable provision of penalizing the non-complying firms with  increased tax-dis-incentive. The legislation will work wonders if the  compulsory filling of such posts to be filled in the current year with  relaxed provisions will help achieve the goal of social justice in  true sense of term.  The identification and addition of more suitable jobs for persons with  disabilities will go a long way in bringing these people in the main  stream of the workforce.  There should be increased awareness among the people for ensuring  proper and adequate undiscriminating education. The educational  environment should be improved so that such persons get requisite  encouragement of continuing further and higher studies.  True social equity and justice won't be ensured unless this section of  the society is not brought into the mainstream of the society.  India can set an example for the developing countries and translate  the provisions of the convention on rights of the persons with  disabilities held under the ambit of UN. Let the provide an environment of equality for all at our work places. 
By Shashikant Nishant Sharma