Govt to replace Persons with Disabilities Act

Government is in the process of replacing the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 with a new legislation in harmony with a United Nations Convention.

Rajya Sabha
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Social Justice Mukul Wasnik while replying to a question on implementation of national policy for senior citizens said so far 23 states have framed rules under the Act as per the model rules prepared by his
Ministry.

"The National Policy for Older Persons was announced by the government in January 1999 which envisages state support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons to improve their quality of
lives," Wasnik said.

Replying to a question on the issue of begging, the Ministry said, "Central government has requested state governments to effectively implement their existing laws or enact a new law in case such a law is not in existence."

He gave details of the programmes being run by the central government to take care of destitute children and older persons.

PTI

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