Introduction: 7 Feb, 2014
Com. Ref.: 16 Sept 2014
Com. Rep.: 7 May, 2015
Rajya Sabha: 14 Dec 2016
Disabilities Bill passed in Rajya Sabha: New conditions, revised quota and a few concerns
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2014, was cleared Thursday with 119 amendments moved by union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot. The legislation, drafted to make Indian laws compliant with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will replace the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995. The number of disabilities listed rises from seven in the 1995 Act through 19 in the 2014 bill to 21 after the amendments, including acid attack and Parkinson’s disease.