Jan 01, 2017

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (‘PWD Act’), which replaces the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, has been notified on December 28, 2016, with the objective of preventing deprivation of personal liberty only on grounds of disability. In addition to widening the definition of ‘establishment’ to include private establishments (such as company, firm, co-operative society etc.), the PWD Act mandates every establishment to notify an equal opportunity policy detailing measures proposed to be taken relating to skill development and employment of persons with disabilities. The equal opportunity policy is to be registered with the Chief Commissioner or the State Commissioner, as the case maybe. The statute further stipulates that no person will be deprived of promotion merely on grounds of disability.




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