Why the RPWD Bill matters to people with disabilities
The new Rights of Persons with Disability (RPWD) bill is important to me because it has many more things for the empowerment of persons with disability compared to the Persons with Disability Act 1995.
Some of the things are that the number of disabilities covered have increased to 19, reservations in government jobs has increased to 7%, the setting up of a disability commission and the private sector has been brought under the ambit of the bill.
The bill has also been drafted in conformity with the United Nations convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. So implementation-wise, the central government will be serious because they will be accountable to the UN.
This will lead to a more inclusive society as more places will become accessible and more persons with disability will be seen working in the corporate sector due to reservations.
About the Writer-
Avelino de Sa is the President of the Disability Rights Association of Goa.