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Rs 260.62 crore national disability fund lying unused, reveals RTI

have come to the fore through Right to Information (RTI) applications filed with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Office of the Director-General of Audit (DGCAE) by a lawyer for disability rights, Akeel Ahmad Usmani. The major activities under the fund include scholarship support to students with disabilities. The scholarship was implemented for the period 2009-15. The amount disbursed for the same was Rs 3.51 crore in that pe

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disability rights crusader Javed Abidi dies at 53 -Manash Pratim Gohain

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: India’s global face of disability rights movement, Javed Abidi, died of chest infection on Sunday. He was 53. Abidi, who founded the disability rights Group (DRG), and was serving as the director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, is survived by his mother and two siblings.   Born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, he was

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Disabilities Rights Bill: Activists worried over guardianship -Zubeda Hamid

rson does require a guardian – as may be the case for persons without disabilities also, in case of a coma for instance, there should be a mechanism to opt for one, said Smitha Sadasivan of the disability rights Alliance. “The option of taking aid from a guardian should be irrespective of disability, and therefore should be outside of a disability law,” she said. What is important and should be focused on, activists say, is the se

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Chasing the Certificate That Enables

pply for the certificate online with promise of delivery within seven days. But elsewhere, the time period between application and delivery varies from a minimum of six months to a year, according to disability rights' activists. The description of the travails of disabled applicants, especially in rural and remote areas, is harrowing. Regardless of the distance, the disabled applicant (whether rural or urban but often poor and a daily-wage earner) ha

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Lok Sansad presses for passing of five key bills

ition stated that now that the Lok Sabha had passed the Telangana Bill, it must take up these bills. It is demanding the passage of the Grievance Redress Bill, the Whistleblowers Protection Bill, the disability rights Bill, the Street Vendors Bill and the SCs and STs [PoA] amendment bill - all of which have the support of all major political parties. Three of these five bills stalled in Parliament affect the lives of over 70 million persons with

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Disability bill divides rights groups -Ananya Sengupta

-The Telegraph New Delhi: A disability rights bill the government tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday has not only angered activists by ignoring many of their recommendations but also split them. Javed Abidi is leading one side that is holding protests across Delhi demanding passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, arguing that something is better than nothing. "If we oppose this bill, it will be delayed fo

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A retrograde and incoherent law -Amita Dhanda

, even as legislative initiative failed, the courts have poured constitutional steel into the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 as disability rights activists worked at upgrading an inadequate law. Thus, enacting a retrograde and incoherent law, now, would fly in the face of years of advocacy for change and indicate that we have learnt nothing from experience. Unresolved qu

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A Critique of The Draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 -Amba Salelkar

y led by groups in Delhi who had better access to information. Some pockets of regional groups were demanding for information on the contents of the Bill. They remained unanswered. Meenakshi B of the disability rights Alliance, Tamil Nadu, followed up with the Ministries and the general passage of the Bill, and she was told that the Bill was ‘top secret'. Vaishnavi J, one of the founders of The Banyan, also received similar cryptic feedback.

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Disabled divided over Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill -Divya Chandrababu

try of social justice and empowerment. While some activists are rallying against this new version, others have held candlelight vigils across the country pressing for the Bill to be passed. disability rights activists have sought the intervention of senior Congress leaders to include decisive amendments to the bill. "Most crucial concerns have been addressed and the modified bill is what will hopefully be tabled," More »

Leaked disability bill doesn’t match with website version

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: disability rights activists from across the country have come together to demand that the government incorporate crucial amendments to the new disability rights Bill before introducing it in Parliament on February 5 and passing it. A leaked copy of the bill created a furore as activists realised that the Bill readied to be passed was not the draft available on the min

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