'Landmark moment', says PM Narendra Modi on passage of Disabilities bill

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described the passage of Disabilities Bill by Parliament as a "landmark moment" and said it will add tremendous strength to 'Accessible India Movement'.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described the passage of Disabilities Bill by Parliament as a "landmark moment" and said it will add tremendous strength to 'Accessible India Movement'.

"Passage of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill - 2016 is a landmark moment & will add tremendous strength to 'Accessible India movement'," he tweeted.

The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha today on the last day of the Winter Session, two days after it was cleared by the Rajya Sabha.

"Under the Act, the types of disabilities have increased & at the same time provisions for additional benefits have been introduced," Modi added in another tweet.

He said there are strict provisions for penalties for offences committed against persons with disabilities and violation of provisions of the new law.

"The new Act has several salient features which will enhance opportunity, equality & accessibility. Have a look," he said while giving a link to Narendra Modi website for salient features of the bill. 

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