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No Disability Bill in monsoon session

The much-hyped new progressive Bill for empowerment of disabled people which was being enthusiastically pushed by the government, has faced an unexpected setback, as it will not be tabled in the upcoming monsoon session in the parliament, informed sources in the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry.

Earlier, the minister Mukul Wasnik while talking about this bill had said, 'The disability rights regime is all set to acquire newer, more progressive and forward looking dimensions, particularly in the aftermath of India ratifying the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [UNCRPD].'

High hopes were riding on this new bill, as the minister had also mentioned, 'Observing that the present legislation of Persons with Disabilities Act [PwD Act] 1995 is nearly 16 years old, the Ministry is working to draft a new legislation for empowerment of persons with disabilities in line with the UN Convention.' Wasnik had not given any time-line on implementation of this new law.

Sources in the ministry told Millennium Post that, 'This  new disability bill will not be tabled in the parliament during the monsoon session, as it still needs to be reworked quite a bit. Even the reports from states are also expected. More recommendations are also coming in.'

Millennium Post had earlier reported the lack of interest which IAS officials had for the newly formed Disability Department under this ministry. With this department being neglected, one wonders what the fate of the bill would be?
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