Odisha government makes local guardianship a must for disabled people
The government of Odisha has directed all district collectors to make provisions to ensure that disabled people have local guardians. This includes people with disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy, and many others.
This new step is taken under the local guardianship provisions of the National Trust Act 1999. Local-level committees that can give legal support to disabled people are also to be formed.
Under the Act, the district collector will be the chairperson of the local-level committee. The committee will also include a registered NGO, a disabled person, and other members.
Most disabled people are unaware of the Act. So, they do not apply for the benefits. They do not get legal support as well.
The National Trust Act 1999 has also launched a web portal, www.thenationaltrust.gov.in, for processing applications for local guardianships among people with disabilities.