As reported earlier, the Working Draft has come under severe criticism from the disability sector. Meanwhile, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) had collated the feedback from experts and people with disabilities from across the country on the Working Draft through the Bengaluru based Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (D.E.O.C.). There were several drawbacks that the comments pointed out.
One of the experts pointed out “the introduction appears like we are enacting this law because we have ratified U.N.C.R.P.D. It doesn’t look like as if we really believe in this (law).”
Experts were critical that the draft lacked focus vis-à-vis poverty and rural areas. It was also felt that definitions lacked consistency and were different in different places. Chapters on Education, Accessibility, Employment, etc. came under severe criticism.
With regards to Education, the term “appropriate education” was found to be unclear and one of the experts felt that this term should not even be used in this day and age, especially after ratifying U.N.C.R.P.D.
Experts were extremely critical of the chapter on Employment. They could not find any logical reason as to how 6 percent (for reservation in jobs) was arrived at. There was also no rationale for the division of this 6 percent among various disabilities. Several disabilities have apparently been left out. There was also no clear logic behind clubbing intellectual impairment, autism and mental illness.
Other key chapters such as Human Resource Development and Authorities also left a lot to be expected. It will now be interesting to see how the Committee fares at the Legal Consultation and what face saving steps will they be forced to take before and after it.
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