With disability bill stuck in PMO, hope fades for its passage

With disability bill stuck in PMO, hope fades for its passage

Logjam continues in Parliament...

It is one bill on which an all-party consensus would be available. It pertains to the rights of millions of disabled, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Bill. Yet, at a time when it is struggling to get a consensus on several bills, the government failed to get this one to the Rajya Sabha in time for it to be considered in the winter session.

Much to the disappointment of the disability sector, the bill is currently stuck in the prime minister's office (PMO) where it was sent after the ministry of social justice and empowerment sent it to the cabinet secretariat on November 26.

The cabinet meets every week, so two meetings have gone by without the Bill being put up for clearance. With the Bill stuck in the PMO, ministry officials and the disability sector have lost all hope of it making it to this session.

"If the ministry sent the cabinet note on November 26, why has it taken so long? Now, it has been 20 days. It was naturally our expectation that the government would take up the new Disabilities Bill as a very high priority and fast track it, especially considering the fact that this month we celebrated the World Disability Day and the 20th Anniversary of the vastly outdated Disability Act 1995," said Javed Abidi of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP).

Source: Times of India

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