Get cracking on implementing new disability law: Union minister Gehlot to all States

The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has urged all the states to ensure that the new law on disability is implemented effectively. The new law aims to create a barrier-free environment for the disabled, in line with the Accessible India campaign.

Union Minister writes a letter to all chief ministers

In a letter sent to chief ministers of all states and union territories, Gehlot has told them to work in a committed way to meet the targets of the campaign, which was launched by Prime Minister Modi in 2015.

He said that the RPWD 2016 Act had expanded the horizon when it comes to the rights of the disabled. It has also placed more responsibility on the government authorities to ensure that the disabled enjoy the same rights as others.

In his letter, he said the chief ministers must meet the targets on a fast-track basis.

“I shall be grateful if you arrange to issue instructions to all the relevant departments to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the RPwD Act, 2016 and take steps for creating a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities on a fast-track basis, in line with the targets of the Accessible India campaign" - Thawarchand Gehlot, Union Social Justice & Empowerment Minister

Gehlot also mentioned that the Act specifically looks at the creating a barrier-free environment for the disabled when it comes to modes of transportation, information and communication technology systems and other facilities.

What does RPWD 2016 say?

The Act also provides for a 5% reservation in government and government-aided higher educational institutes and a 4% reservation in government establishments for people with benchmark disabilities. It also directs the states to frame schemes and programmes, within a stipulated time, to promote inclusive education, healthcare, social security, rehabilitation, recreation and sorting activities for the disabled.

The details of the Act and Rules are available on

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