The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (M.H.A.D.A.) has come under fire for delaying the amending of its rules to enhance housing quota for persons with disabilities. The Bombay High Court has directed the State Government to ensure that the definition of disability used by M.H.A.D.A. conforms to the one used in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.
An intervention application was filed by Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse, which said that M.H.A.D.A. does not identify all disabilities at par and particularly excludes persons with mental illness. The petition also pointed out that M.H.A.D.A. reserves only 2% of their flats, as against the mandated quota of 3% for disabled persons. Even the 2% quota is shared with terminally ill patients and does not cover all disabilities.
The High Court had passed the directive to the state to amend M.H.A.D.A. rules to enhance the percentage of flats for disabled people from 2% to 3% within two months.