Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016

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The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016
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Parliament of India

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Territorial extent

India

Enacted by
Passed

14 December 2016

Enacted by
Passed

16 December 2016

Assented to

27 December 2016

Commenced

15 June 2017

Legislative history
Status: In force

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 is the disability legislation passed by the Indian Parliament to fulfill its obligation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which India ratified in 2007.[1] The Act replaces the existing Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.[2]

Legislative history

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 was introduced into the Parliament on 7 February 2014 and passed by the Lok Sabha on 14 December 2016. The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 16 February 2016 and received the President's assent on 27 December 2016.[3] The Act become operational on 19 April 2017. The Central Government rules 2017 have been notified under Section 100 of the Act and have come into force with effect from 15 June 2017.[4]

Case law

Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister was the first one to be booked under this new legislation[5] when disability activist Satendra Singh (doctor) filed case against him on publicly humiliating a disabled employee.[6] The addition of thalassemia as a new disability under this new law allowed a Chhattisgarh girl with this disorder to get medical admission after Supreme Court's intervention.[7]

References

  1. "THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2016" (PDF). disabilityaffairs.gov.in. Retrieved 8 January 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Nair, Shalini (15 December 2016). "Disabilities Bill passed: New conditions, revised quota and a few concerns". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014". PRS Legislative research. Retrieved 15 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Mandhani, Apoorva (16 June 2017). "All Establishments Should Publish Equal Opportunity Policy: Rights Of Persons With Disabilities Rules, 2017 Notified". Live Law. Retrieved 15 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "UP Minister Could Become First to Be Tried Under New Disability Law". The Wire.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Delhi University doctor stands up for UP government employee's rights". The Times of India.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Supreme Court helps girl with thalassaemia join medical course". Hindustan Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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