- No-confidence motion against Modi government defeated
- I want to assure people of Andhra Pradesh that they will not be left behind : PM
- I am 'chowkidar' and 'bhagidar', but not a 'saudagar' like you: PM to Rahul Gandh
- PM Modi to visit South Africa, attend BRICS Summit from July 23
- LS takes up for discussion no-trust vote against Modi govt
- Shiv Sena MPs to remain absent for no-trust motion against Modi govt
- India, US first '2+2 dialogue' on September 6: State Department
Activists express concern over gaping loopholes
Activists fighting for disability rights have pointed out “gaping loopholes” in the draft Rules of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 alleging that the two contravene each other and expressed apprehension that the sector will continue to remain neglected despite tall promises by the Government for its empowerment.
For instance, said disability rights advocate SC Vasistha, while many sections of the Act that are applicable to establishments (both Government and private), the Rules render them inapplicable to private establishments. "Why private sector has been left out," he questioned.
Vasistha also alleged that the draft Rules are silent on protection from 'misuse' of Section 3(3) which states that "no person with disability shall be discriminated on the ground of disability, unless it is shown that the impugned act or omission is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim."
Agreeing with Vasistha, Dr Satendra Singh, Associate Professor of Physiology at GTB Hospital, said that this clause gives unfettered power to the implementing agencies to discriminate against persons with disabilities, on the pretext of serving a "legitimate aim".
Singh, who is afflicted with polio knows better. He had to face discrimination on the same interpretation and it was only after four-year struggle, the government had to unlock 1700 posts for doctors with disabilities in the CGHS.
The 3.3 clause leaves "legitimate aim" open to the subjective interpretation of the bureaucracy, pitched in Vasistha adding that it is like providing escape route to justify the subjective action of a bureaucrat against a differently-abled person.
The activists have also expressed unhappiness at the way the power of the Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disability has been reduced to a recommendatory body, leaving the persons of disability completely unprotected.
Vasistha also felt that the Rules if approved in the present form would lead to inter-sectoral fight among the disabled people given that while number of category of disabled has increased from seven to 21, the percentage of post for reservation has not increased correspondingly.
The Civilian Welfare Foundation, an NGO working for rights of disabled sportsperson has rued that there is no mention in the Rules to ensure participation of the persons with disabilities in sporting activities. The activists have sought immediate correction in the Rules before they are finalised and notified.
- UP Cong to protest against BJP Govts over law and order 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
- SC asks Committee chief to explore possibility to compensate victims 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
- Irrigation scheme not running at full utilisation: CAG report 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
- SC stays Madras HC order giving 196 marks to NEET students 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
- UP Govt to set flood relief camp in affected districts 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
- UPPCL to set up special cell to bring down line losses 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
- Woman alleges rape by 40 men for 4 days, 3 held 21 Jul 2018 | PTI
- EC junks Cong 60L fake MP voter ID claim 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
- Transporters go on indefinite agitation for various demands 21 Jul 2018 | TN RAGHUNATHA
- Senior BJP leader shot in Rae Bareli 21 Jul 2018 | PNS
Sunday EditionView All
15 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi
Amid row over alleged use of derogatory language in a web series while referring to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the BJP and the RSS believe that freedom of expression must be policed, while he regards it as a fundamental democratic right. “My father lived and died in the service of India...
STATE EDITIONSView All
21 Jul 2018 | Staff Reporter | Raipur
Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday expressed profound grief over the death of former State Finance Minister Dr Ramchandra Singhdeo. The Chief Minister reached the residence of legendary leader in the capital and paid floral tributes...