New Disability Bill in monsoon session likely

Varanasi: Chief commissioner for persons with disabilities Kamlesh Kumar said that the new Persons with Disability Bill 2016 would be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament. Kumar also informed that he has proposed May 17 and 18 as dates for meeting the state commissioners for persons with disabilities to know the problems being faced by them as well as physically challenged persons in their states.

Talking to reporters on the concluding day of his three-day Varanasi visit on Sunday, Kumar said that the Persons with Disability Act had come into existence in 1995. Demand for inclusion of more issues including other nature of disabilities increased in past three-four years. In view of it, the Union government has decided to table a new bill in February 2014. But, due to protest by NGOs, it was stalled. Now, the government has taken suggestions from opposition after which it is expected that the new bill will be tabled in Parliament in coming monsoon session.

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