Poor implementation of RPWD Act 2016 makes life a nightmare for disabled people in Nagaland

The Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act 2016 (RPWD), is one of the most powerful acts in place to safeguard the interests of disabled people in India. All state governments are supposed to ensure that the provisions of the Act are implemented across India.

In reality, however, this is far from the case in many parts of the country. Case in point, Nagaland, where activists say that the Act is still a distant dream for the disabled community.

A group of activists recently met Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in order to discuss about this matter. They highlighted how even the provisions of the old disability rights act were not fulfilled in the state. Clearly Nagaland has a long way to go!

Chief Minister Rio claimed that that he understood the concerns of disabled people in the state, and promised to take immediate measures to resolve the issue.

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