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RPWD 2016 not implemented properly in Tamil Nadu, say experts

March 25, 2018

Disability rights experts came together in Chennai to raise concerns about the poor implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2016), Act. Among them were senior bureaucrats and lawmakers.

The purpose was to find ways to implement the Act effectively in the state.

Under RPWD 2016, inclusive education and providing maintenance to people who undergo exploitation is a key aspect. The Act promises free and compulsory education to children with disabilities up to the age of 18 years.

It also says that schools and colleges located close to the homes of disabled students cannot deny them admission. However, this is not happening on the ground.

V Arun Roy, State Commissioner for people with disabilities in Tamil Nadu, was also present at the event. He said that while the Act talks about paying a maintenance to disabled people who have suffered abuse, there is no detail about who is liable to pay for this.

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