Delhi High Court orders government to consider separate department of disability affairs

The Delhi High Court has ordered the Aam Aadmi Party- AAP government to take a decision regarding the plea for creating a separate department of disability affairs.

The government has been given a time of eight weeks within which it has to decide whether a separate department should be created for disability related issues.

The separate department will be responsible for the effective implementation of schemes and provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act.

The court was hearing a plea filed by the welfare organisation 'Federation of Disabled Rights' through its lawyers.

The petition was filed to request a separate department for disabled people in the Delhi government. The Central government has already set up Department Of Empowerment Of Persons With Disabilities - Divyangjan.

The court also ordered the government in Delhi and at the center to work towards making the various government websites accessible for disabled people as most of them are still not disabled friendly.

Some of the websites that need to be made accessible include IRCTC, Online SBI, RBI, UPSC, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.

The sites lack disabled friendly features such as the screen reader or magnifier or text magnifier.

The court then ordered the government in Delhi and at the center to work towards making the various government websites accessible for disabled people as most of them are still not disabled friendly.

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