Sudhanva Shetty Shetty
Writer, coffee-addict, likes folk music & long walks in the rain. Firmly believes that there's nothing more important in a democracy than a well-informed electorate.
After almost a decade’s wait, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 came into effect on 30 December 2016. The Lok Sabha passed it on 17 December and the Rajya Sabha on 14 December. The Act will replace the Persons with Disability (PwD) Act of 1995.
The passage of the Act took place amidst the logjam in Parliament over the issue of demonetization. Activists appreciated the Act, but many also raised concerns over the languages.
Some activists have raised concerns with the Act. Some complain that the Act is insufficient: they have called for more reservation of seats for disabled people. They have also raised issues over the loose language of the section against discrimination and the guardianship section. Another concern is that while the Act has increased the number of disabilities to 21, many have still being excluded. Including them would take an amendment to the Act, which could take years.
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