Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 replaced the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The 2016 act contains progressive changes and is definitely going to bring major positive changes in the lives of millions of disabled people in our country.
Although the Government is primarily responsible for ensuring that disabled individuals receive equal treatment under the Disabilities Act, private sector organisations have also been made accountable for various obligations under the act. The obligations under the new disability act apply not only to Government establishments but also to “private establishments”, being companies, firms, cooperatives or other societies, associations, trusts, agencies, institutions, organisations, unions, factories or such other establishments as may be specified. Such private employers are now subject to requirements (i) to promote an equal opportunity policy, and (ii) to comply with the standards of accessibility prescribed by the Indian Central Government.
Disability is not a homogenous issue and does not affect everyone in the same way. The real task starts now—to bring together all the stakeholders together to understand the act and discuss issues that affect lives of very diverse people, and work towards the common goal of overseeing uniform implementation of this law.
FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment Persons with Disabilities, is organisning a workshop on December 8, 2017 at FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi from 03:00 to 5:20 pm.
Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment shall grace the occasion with an inaugural speech.
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