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Volume 4 Issue 12

June 15, 2006

Feature


  • Tax incentives and deductions under Income Tax Act, 1961, under review; Disabled people targetted
    The Department of Revenue, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Tax Policy & Legislation Division under the Ministry of Finance has targetted disabled people and their parents in its latest exercise the department terms “review” of various tax incentives and deductions under the Income Tax Act, 1961. Chitra S. Shankar critically examines the move of the Government that could affect thousands of disabled people and their families.

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News


  • New State Policy for disabled in Goa – first in the country
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The smallest state in India has taken a giant step toward equal rights for disabled people. While the Central Government is dilly-dallying over the announcement of an Incentive Plan to encourage the private sector to employ disabled people, the Goa Government has decided to offer incentives to private sector employers who provide 3 per cent reservation for disabled people, in keeping with the spirit of the Disability Act 1995. Moreover, the policy also ensures that disabled people have equal and easy access to not just all buildings, but also transport facilities.
  • Accessible accommodation denied in Symbiosis Law College; Nightmare continues for Pooja Sharma
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Pooja Sharma, a bright disabled student from Meerut, with a score of 71 per cent in Class XII exams, aspires to be a lawyer. She had applied in various Law colleges and with great difficulty, got admission in Symbiosis Law College, Pune. Now the college refuses to provide accessible accommodation, putting Pooja and her parents in a fix. They have been running from pillar to post for the past few weeks. But in a show of negative attitude, the authorities are refusing to provide the student a single room and also refusing to accommodate an aide to help her.
  • C.B.S.E. results project grim picture of education for disabled in India
    D.N.I.S. News Network – An analysis of the Class X C.B.S.E. examination results revealed that out of a total of 6,46,387 candidates who had appeared for the exam held in March 2006, a mere 0.1 per cent (909) were disabled students. As far as the education of disabled children in India is concerned, the situation is grim.
  • Drastic drop in number of disabled students; D.U. to blame?
    D.N.I.S. News Network - As the first phase of the admission process in Delhi University (D.U.) came to a close, initial analysis revealed a drastic drop in the number of disabled applicants, over the last few years. The analysis shows that from 420 aspirants in 2003, the figure has dropped to a mere 280 in 2006.

  • Centre tells U.P., Bihar to shoulder blame for rising polio cases
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Concerned over the recent spurt in polio cases, the Centre has asked Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Bihar governments to shoulder the blame for the failure to check polio cases in their respective states. Thirty seven cases of polio have been reported in India so far this year as against 20 in 2005. Of the 37 registered cases, 34 are of P1 polio and three of P3 variety.

  • A.S.I. announces special vehicle, entrance into Taj for physically disabled tourists
    D.N.I.S. News Network - The Archaeological Survey of India (A.S.I.) has announced that it will provide a ‘battery-operated autorickshaw’ to physically disabled people at the world’s most romantic monument, Taj Mahal, in order to enable them to go up to the main platform.

  • In a new initiative I.T.C.-Welcomgroup employs disabled people
    D.N.I.S. News Network – In a welcome move, the I.T.C.-Welcomgroup has taken a new initiative of providing employment to people with disabilities. In the last ten months it has recruited 23 disabled people. Further, I.T.C. Windsor Manor Sheraton is in the process of engaging all its suppliers to employ disabled people in their organisations.
  • Disabled children to counter ‘paper chasing’ in University of Madras
    D.N.I.S. News Network – In a move not attempted till date by any university in India, the University of Madras has started using the services of disabled students to check the practice of ‘answer paper chasing’. The university move is a result of the answer paper scam that rocked academic circles in the last week of April.

  • D.U. colleges to make campus disabled-friendly
    D.N.I.S. News Network – In a positive development, Sri Ram College of Commerce (S.R.C.C.) will make special efforts to have a disabled-friendly campus, including special railings and rail platforms. The hostel rooms and college canteen would also be revamped.
  • Nehru Park to be first ever disabled-friendly park in Delhi
    D.N.I.S News Network – The New Delhi Municipal Council (N.D.M.C.) has decided to give the capital its first ever disabled-friendly park and has zeroed in on Nehru Park.