The government is bent upon implementing the newly ratified disabilities bill. Under the new law, the listed disabilities have been increased from 7 to 21. Now from the next academic session disabled category persons can avail 5% reservations in the admissions for higher education institutions.
The disabilities bill which was passed on the 14th April highlights that specially-abled persons who fit the benchmark for disabled from 6 to 18 years of age will have the right to free education. The rights of the persons with disabilities bill (RPWD) also stands for the rise in the percentage of government job reservation from 3 to 4% and for higher education 3 to 5%.
The minister for Social justice and Empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot spoke about the government’s plans, he said that the Disabilities Bill was passed by Parliament in the winter session and it has already been notified. He showed his keenness for earliest implementation of all the benefits marked such as the reservations in education and employment in government schemes.
The minister said that it is an important legislation that it would protect the disabled persons’ rights and it will bring Indian laws in line with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.