Committee formed to set rules for implementation of RPD Act

NEW DELHI, Jan 21:
A committee has been constituted by the Centre to frame uniform rules for the states to avoid delay in proper implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act across the country.
The Committee, constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), will comprise of representatives from the Ministry of Health, DoPT, Labour, Legislative Department, and representatives from NGOs as members.
It will also have Principal Secretary/Secretary, Social Welfare Department from Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Uttar Pradesh, said a senior Social Justice and Empowerment ministry official.
All the representatives of Ministries would be the rank of Joint Secretary and above, and the committee will submit its report within three months. “It is suggested that we may constitute a Working Group under the Chairmanship of Secretary (DEPwD) to frame rules under the RPWD Act, 2016. “The Working Group may also be requested to suggest model draft rules for the states so as to have a uniform rules across the country and also to avoid delay in finalization of rules by any state,” said a note by the Union Social Justice Ministry. (PTI)