Impediments to equal productivity, dignity- The Hindu -16-09-2020

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 was passed by the Indian Parliament to fulfill its obligation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which India ratified in 2007.

Salient provisions:

The RPWD Act, 2016, has increased the list of scheduled disabilities to 21 conditions.

The Government is to take steps to utilize the capacity of the PWD by providing an appropriate environment.

The Act provides for access to inclusive education, vocational training, and self-employment of disabled persons.

The Act provides that the appropriate government shall ensure that the PWD enjoys the right to equality, life with dignity, and respect for his or her own integrity equally with others.

It is stipulated in Section 3 that no PWD shall be discriminated against on the ground of disability unless it is shown that the impugned act or omission is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim and no person shall be deprived of his personal liberty only on the ground of disability.

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