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NOTE 26 Jan 2014 This is an unverified, ‘leaked’ version of the Bill approved by India’s Cabinet in December 20 !" Despite efforts the #overnment is resistin$ the open sharin$ of this version of %&'D bill publically"
Table of Contents
Table of Contents.................................................................................................................1 The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2013..............................................................5 CHAPTER 1........................................................................................................................ PRE!"#"$AR%.................................................................................................................. &hort title, e'tent an( )o**en)e*ent ............................................................................ Definitions........................................................................................................................ CHAPTER 2........................................................................................................................+ R",HT& A$D E$T"T!E#E$T&......................................................................................+ E-.alit/ an( non0(is)ri*ination......................................................................................+ Co**.nit/ !ife...............................................................................................................1 Prote)tion fro* inh.*an treat*ent.................................................................................1 Prote)tion fro* ab.se, 2iolen)e an( e'3loitation............................................................1 Prote)tion an( safet/......................................................................................................11 Ho*e an( fa*il/............................................................................................................11 Re3ro(.)ti2e..................................................................................................................11 A))essibilit/ in 2oting...................................................................................................12 A))ess to 4.sti)e ............................................................................................................12 !egal )a3a)it/................................................................................................................13 Pro2ision for g.ar(ianshi3.............................................................................................13 Designation of a.thorities to s.33ort ............................................................................15 CHAPTER 3......................................................................................................................15 ED6CAT"7$....................................................................................................................15 D.t/ of e(.)ational instit.tions ....................................................................................15 &3e)ifi) *eas.res to 3ro*ote an( fa)ilitate in)l.si2e e(.)ation..................................15 A(.lt e(.)ation..............................................................................................................1 CHATPER 5......................................................................................................................1 &8"!! DE9E!7P#E$T A$D E#P!7%#E$T...........................................................1 &:ill (e2elo3*ent an( e*3lo/*ent ..............................................................................1 $on0(is)ri*ination in e*3lo/*ent...............................................................................1 E-.al o33ort.nit/ 3oli)/................................................................................................1;

#aintaining re)or(s.......................................................................................................1; A33oint*ent of ,rie2an)e Re(ressal 7ffi)er................................................................1; CHAPTER 5......................................................................................................................1+ &7C"A! &EC6R"T%, HEA!TH, REHAB"!"TA"T7$ A$D RECREAT"7$...............1+ &o)ial &e).rit/...............................................................................................................1+ Health Care....................................................................................................................11 "ns.ran)e &)he*es.........................................................................................................20 Rehabilitation.................................................................................................................20 Resear)h an( De2elo3*ent............................................................................................20 C.lt.re an( re)reation....................................................................................................20 &3orting a)ti2ities..........................................................................................................21 CHAPTER .....................................................................................................................22 &PEC"A! PR79"&"7$& <7R PER&7$& ="TH BE$CH#AR8 D"&AB""!T"E&.......22 <ree e(.)ation for )hil(ren with ben)h*ar: (isabilities...............................................22 Reser2ation in higher e(.)ational instit.tions...............................................................22 "(entifi)ation of 3osts for reser2ation............................................................................22 Reser2ation....................................................................................................................22 "n)enti2es to e*3lo/ers in 3ri2ate se)tor.......................................................................23 &3e)ial E*3lo/*ent E')hange.....................................................................................23 &3e)ial &)he*es an( De2elo3*ent Progra**es..........................................................25 CHAPER ; ........................................................................................................................25 &PEC"A! PR79"&"7$& <7R PER&7$& ="TH D"&AB"!"T"E& ="TH H",H &6PP7RT $EED&............................................................................................................25 &3e)ial 3ro2isions for 3ersons with (isabilities with high s.33ort................................25 CHAPTER +......................................................................................................................25 D6T"E& A$D RE&P7$&"B"!"T"E& 7< APPR7PR"ATE ,79ER$#E$T&..............25 Awareness Ca*3aigns...................................................................................................25 A))essibilit/..................................................................................................................25 A))ess to Trans3ort........................................................................................................25 A))ess to infor*ation an( )o**.ni)ation te)hnolog/.................................................2 #an(ator/ obser2an)e of a))essibilit/ nor*s...............................................................2 Ti*e li*it for *a:ing e'isting infrastr.)t.re an( 3re*ises a))essible an( a)tion for that 3.r3ose....................................................................................................................2; Ti*e li*it for a))essibilit/ b/ ser2i)e 3ro2i(ers...........................................................2; H.*an reso.r)e (e2elo3*ent........................................................................................2; &o)ial a.(it.....................................................................................................................2+ CHAPTER 1......................................................................................................................2+ RE,"&TRAT"7$ 7< "$&T"T6T"7$& <7R PER&7$& ="TH D"&AB"!"T"E& A$D ,RA$T& T7 &6CH "$&T"T6T"7$&.............................................................................2+ Co*3etent a.thorit/.......................................................................................................2+ Registration....................................................................................................................2+ A33li)ation grant of )ertifi)ate of registration...............................................................21 Re2o)ation of registration..............................................................................................21 A33eal ...........................................................................................................................30 A)t not to a33l/ to instit.tions establishe( or *aintaine( b/ Central or &tate ,o2ern*ent....................................................................................................................31

Assistan)e to registere( instit.tions...............................................................................31 CHAPTER 10....................................................................................................................31 CERT"<"CAT"7$ 7< &PEC"<"ED D"&AB"!"T"E&........................................................31 ,.i(elines for assess*ent of s3e)ifie( (isabilities........................................................31 Designation of )ertif/ing a.thorities.............................................................................31 Pro)e(.re for )ertifi)ation.............................................................................................31 A33eal against a (e)ision of )ertif/ing a.thorit/..........................................................32 CHAPTER 11....................................................................................................................32 CE$TRA! A$D &TATE AD9"&7R% B7ARD& 7$ D"&AB"!"T% A$D D"&TR"CT !E9E! C7##"TTEE......................................................................................................32 Constit.tion of Central A(2isor/ Boar( on Disabilit/..................................................32 Ter* of offi)e of #e*bers............................................................................................35 Dis-.alifi)ation..............................................................................................................35 9a)ation of seats b/ #e*bers.......................................................................................35 #eetings of the Central A(2isor/ Boar(.......................................................................35 <.n)tions of Central A(2isor/ Boar( on (isabilit/.......................................................35 &tate A(2isor/ Boar( on (isabilit/................................................................................3 Ter*s an( )on(itions of ser2i)e of #e*bers ...............................................................3; Dis-.alifi)ation..............................................................................................................3+ 9a)ation of seats............................................................................................................3+ #eetings of &tate A(2isor/ Boar( on (isabilit/ ...........................................................3+ <.n)tions of &tate A(2isor/ Boar( on (isabilit/...........................................................3+ Distri)t0le2el Co**ittee on (isabilit/...........................................................................31 9a)an)ies not to in2ali(ate 3ro)ee(ings........................................................................31 CHAPTER 12 ...................................................................................................................31 $AT"7$A! C7##"&&"7$ <7R PER&7$& ="TH D"&AB"!"T"E&...........................31 Constit.tion of $ational Co**ission for 3ersons with (isabilities..............................50 &ele)tion an( a33oint*ent of Chair3erson an( #e*bers.............................................51 Ter* of offi)e of Chair3erson an( #e*bers................................................................51 Re*o2al of Chair3erson an( #e*bers.........................................................................52 #e*ber to a)t as Chair3erson or to (is)harge his f.n)tions in )ertain )ir).*stan)es. 52 Ter*s an( )on(itions of ser2i)e of Chair3erson an( #e*bers....................................52 9a)an)ies, et). not to in2ali(ate the 3ro)ee(ings of $ational Co**ission..................53 Pro)e(.re for $ational Co**ission..............................................................................53 7ffi)ers an( other staff of $ational Co**ission..........................................................53 Transfer of ser2i)e of e'isting e*3lo/ees ...................................................................53 A)tion b/ a33ro3riate a.thorities on re)o**en(ation of the $ational Co**ission. . .55 $ational Co**ission to ha2e )ertain 3owers of )i2il )o.rt..........................................55 Ann.al an( s3e)ial re3orts of $ational Co**ission....................................................55 CHAPTR 13 ......................................................................................................................55 &TATE C7##"&&"7$ <7R PER&7$& ="TH D"&AB"!"T"E& ..................................55 Constit.tion of &tate Co**ission for 3ersons with (isabilities....................................55 &ele)tion an( a33oint*ent of its Chair3ersons an( #e*bers.......................................5 Ter* of offi)e of Chair3erson an( #e*bers................................................................5; Re*o2al of Chair3erson an( #e*bers.........................................................................5; #e*ber to a)t as Chair3erson or to (is)harge his f.n)tions in )ertain )ir).*stan)es. 5;

Ter*s an( )on(itions of ser2i)e of Chair3erson an( #e*bers....................................5+ 9a)an)ies not to in2ali(ate the 3ro)ee(ings of &tate Co**ission...............................5+ Pro)e(.re for &tate Co**ission...................................................................................5+ 7ffi)ers an( other staff of &tate Co**ission................................................................51 Transfer of ser2i)e of e'isting e*3lo/ees to &tate Co**ission...................................51 Ann.al an( s3e)ial re3orts of &tate Co**ission..........................................................51 Transitor/ 3ro2isions.....................................................................................................50 CHAPTER 15....................................................................................................................50 &PEC"A! C76RT.............................................................................................................50 &3e)ial Co.rt..................................................................................................................50 &3e)ial 3.bli) 3rose).tor...............................................................................................50 CHAPTER 15....................................................................................................................51 $AT"7$A! <6$D <7R PER&7$& ="TH D"&AB"!"T"E&..........................................51 $ational <.n( for 3ersons with (isabilities...................................................................51 A))o.nts an( a.(it.........................................................................................................51 E'e*3tion fro* ta' on wealth, in)o*e, 3rofits an( gains............................................52 CHAPTER 1 ....................................................................................................................52 7<<E$CE& A$D PE$A!T"E&.......................................................................................52 P.nish*ent for )ontra2ention of 3ro2isions of A)t or r.les or reg.lations *a(e there.n(er......................................................................................................................52 7ffen)es b/ )o*3anies..................................................................................................52 P.nish*ent for fra.(.lentl/ a2ailing an/ benefit *eant for 3ersons with (isabilities..53 P.nish*ents for offen)es of atro)ities...........................................................................53 P.nish*ent for fail.re to f.rnish infor*ation...............................................................55 Pre2io.s san)tion of a33ro3riate ,o2ern*ent...............................................................55 Alternati2e 3.nish*ents................................................................................................55 CHAPTER 1;....................................................................................................................55 #"&CE!!A$E76&..........................................................................................................55 A33li)ation of other laws not barre(.............................................................................55 Prote)tion of a)tion ta:en in goo( faith.........................................................................55 Power to re*o2e (iffi).lties..........................................................................................55 Power to a*en( &)he(.le..............................................................................................55 Power of Central ,o2ern*ent to *a:e r.les.................................................................55 Powers of &tate ,o2ern*ent to *a:e r.les...................................................................5 Power of $ational Co**ission to *a:e reg.lations....................................................5; Powers of &tate Co**ission to *a:e reg.lations.........................................................5+ Re3eal an( sa2ing .........................................................................................................5+ THE &CHED6!E..............................................................................................................51 &PEC"<"ED D"&AB"!"T"E&.........................................................................................51

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2013
A

Bill
To give effect to the United Nations onvention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for !atters connected therewith or incidental thereto" #$%R%A& the United Nations 'eneral Asse!bl( ado)ted its onvention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the 13th da( of Dece!ber,200*+ AND #$%R%A& the aforesaid onvention la(s down the following )rinci)les for e!)ower!ent of )ersons with disabilities" a, res)ect for inherent dignit(, individ-al a-tono!( incl-ding the freedo! to !a.e one/s own choices, and inde)endence of )ersons+ b, non0discri!ination+ c, f-ll and effective )artici)ation and incl-sion in societ(+ d, res)ect for difference and acce)tance of )ersons with disabilities as )art of h-!an diversit( and h-!anit(+ e, e1-alit( of o))ort-nit(+ f, accessibilit(+ g, e1-alit( between !en and wo!en+ h, res)ect for the evolving ca)acities of children with disabilities and res)ect for the right of children with disabilities to )reserve their identities+ AND #$%R%A& 2ndia is a signator( to the said onvention+ AND #$%R%A& 2ndia ratified the said onvention on the 1 st da( of 3ctober,2004+ AND #$%R%A& it is considered necessar( to i!)le!ent the onvention aforesaid" B% it enacted b( Parlia!ent in the &i5t(0fo-rth (ear of the Re)-blic of 2ndia as follows60

CHAPTER 1 PRELIMINARY
Short title, extent and commencement
1" 7i, This Act !a( be called the Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act, 2013" 7ii, 2t e5tends to the whole of 2ndia e5ce)t the &tate of 8a!!- and 9ash!ir" 7iii, 2t shall co!e into force on s-ch date as the entral 'overn!ent !a(, b( notification in the 3ffiicial 'a:ette, a))oint"

Definitions
2" 2n this Act, -nless the conte5t otherwise re1-ires60 7a, ;a))ellate a-thorit(< !eans an a-thorit( notified -nder s-b0section 71, of section =2 or designated -nder s-b0section71, of section =>, as the case !a( be+ 7b, ;a))ro)riate 'overn!ent< !eans 7i, in relation to the entral 'overn!ent or an( establish!ent wholl( or s-bstantiall( financed b( that 'overn!ent, or a anton!ent Board constit-ted -nder the anton!ent Act, 1?2@, the entral 'overn!ent+ 6 7Re!ar.s 6 2 of 1?2@, 7ii, in relation to a &tate 'overn!ent or an( establish!ent, wholl( or s-bstantiall( financed b( that 'overn!ent, or an( local a-thorit(, other than a anton!ent Board, the &tate 'overn!ent" 7c, ;barrier< !eans an( factor incl-ding co!!-nicational, c-lt-ral, econo!ic, environ!ental, instit-tional, )olitical, social or str-ct-ral factors which ha!)ers the f-ll and effective )artici)ation of )ersons with disabilities in societ(+ 7d, ;care0giver< !eans an( )erson incl-ding )arents and other fa!il( Ae!bers who with or witho-t )a(!ent )rovides care, s-))ort or assistance to a )erson with disabilit(+ 7e, ;certif(ing a-thorit(< !eans an a-thorit( designated -nder s-b0section 71, of section =*+ 7f, ;co!!-nication< incl-des !eans and for!ats of co!!-nication, lang-ages, dis)la( of te5t, Braille, tactile co!!-nication, signs, large )rint, accessible !-lti!edia, written, a-dio, )lain0lang-age, h-!an0 reader a-g!entative and alternative !odes and accessible infor!ation and co!!-nication technolog(+

7g, ;co!)etent a-thorit(< !eans an a-thorit( a))ointed -nder section0@>+ 7h, ;establish!ent< !eans a cor)oration established b( or -nder a entral Act or &tate Act or an a-thorit( or a bod( owned or controlled or aided b( the 'overn!ent or a local a-thorit( or a 'overn!ent co!)an( as defiend in section 2 of the o!)anies Act, 2013 and incl-des De)art!ent of a 'overn!ent+ 6 7re!ar.s 6 1> of 2013, 7i, ;B-nd< !eans the National B-nd constit-ted -nder section 100+ 7C, ;high s-))ort< !eans an intensive s-))ort, )h(sical, )s(chological and otherwise, which !a( be re1-ired b( a )erson with bench!ar. disabilit( for dail( activities, accessing facilities and )artici)ating in all areas of life incl-ding ed-cation, e!)lo(!ent, fa!il( and co!!-nit( life and treat!ent and thera)(+ 7., ;incl-sive ed-cation< !eans a s(ste! of ed-cation wherein st-dents with and witho-t disabilit( learn together and the s(ste! of teaching and learning is s-itabl( ado)ted to !eet the learning needs of different t()es of st-dents with disabilities+ 7l, ;instit-tion< !eans an instit-tion for the rece)tion, care, )rotection, ed-cation, training, rehabilitation and an( other activities for )ersons with disabilities+ 7!, ;local a-thorit(< !eans a A-nici)alit( or a Pancha(at, as defined in cla-se 7e, and cla-se 7f, of article 2@3P of the onstit-tion+ a anton!ent Board constit-ted -nder section 10 of the anton!ents Act, 200*+ and an( other a-thorit( established -nder an Act of Parlia!ent or a &tate Degislat-re to ad!inister the civic affairs+ 6 7Re!ar.s 6 @1 of 200*, 7n, ;National o!!ission< !eans the National o!!ission for )ersons with disabilities constit-ted -nder section 43" 7o, ;notification< !eans a notification )-blished in the 3fficial 'a:ette and the e5)ression ;notif(< shall be constr-ed accordingl(+ 7), ;)erson with bench!ar. disabilit(< !eans a )erson with not less than fort( )ercent of a s)ecified disabilit( where s)ecified disabilit( has not been defined in !eas-rable ter!s and incl-des a )erson with disabilit( where s)ecified disabilit( has been defined in !eas-rable ter!s, as certified b( the certif(ing a-thorit(+ 71, ;)erson with disabilit(< !eans a )erson with long ter! )h(sical, !ental, intellect-al or sensor( i!)air!ent which hinder his f-ll and effective )artici)ation in societ( e1-all( with others+ 7r, ;)erson with disabilit( having high s-))ort needs< !eans a )erson with bench!ar. disabilit( certified -nder cla-se 7a, of s-b0section72, of section =4 who needs high s-))ort+ 7s, ;)rescribed< !eans )rescribed b( r-les !ade -nder this Act+ 7t, ;reasonable acco!!odation< !eans necessar( and a))ro)riate !odification and adC-st!ents, witho-t i!)osing a dis)ro)ortionate or -nd-e b-rden in a )artic-lar case, to ens-re to )ersons with disabilities the enCo(!ent or e5ercise of rights e1-all( with others+

7-, ;registered organi:ation< !eans an association of )ersons with disabilities or a disabled )erson organi:ation, association of )arents of )ersons with disabilities, association of )ersons with disabilities and fa!il( !e!bers, or a vol-ntar( or non0govern!ental or charitable organi:ation or tr-st, societ(, non0)rofit co!)an( wor.ing for the welfare of the )ersons with disabilities, d-l( registered -nder an Act of Parlia!ent or a &tate Degislat-re+ 7v, ;rehabilitation< refers to a )rocess ai!ed at enabling )erson with disabilities to attain and !aintain o)ti!al, )h(sical, sensor(, intellect-al, )s(chiatric or social f-nction levels+ 7w,;&)ecial %!)lo(!ent %5change< !eans an( office or )lace established and !aintained b( the 'overn!ent for the collection and f-rnishing of infor!ation, either b( .ee)ing of registers or otherwise, regarding+ 7i, )ersons who see. to engage e!)lo(ees fro! a!ongst the )ersons s-ffering fro! disabilities+ 7ii, )ersons with bench!ar. disabilit( who see. e!)lo(!ent+ 7iii, vacancies to which )ersons with bench!ar. disabilities see.ing e!)lo(!ent !a( be a))ointed" 75, ;s)ecified disabilit(< !eans the disabilities as s)ecified in the &ched-le+ 7(, ;&tate o!!ission< !eans a &tate o!!ission for )ersons with disabilities constit-ted -nder section >* of this Act+ 7:, ;-niversal design< !eans the design of )rod-cts, environ!ents, )rogra!!es and services to be -sable b( all )eo)le to the greatest e5tent )ossible, witho-t the need for ada)tation or s)eciali:ed design and shall a))l( to assistive devices incl-ding advanced technologies for )artic-lar gro-) of )ersons with disabilities"

CHAPTER 2 RIGHTS AND ENTITLEMENTS
Equality and non-discrimination
3" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ens-re that the )ersons with disabilities enCo( the right to e1-alit(, life with dignit( and res)ect for his or her integrit( e1-all( with others" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e s)ecial !eas-res to )rotect the rights of wo!en and children with disabilit( and also ta.e ste)s to -tili:e the ca)acit( of )ersons with disabilities b( )roviding a))ro)riate environ!ent"

73, No )erson with disabilit( shall be discri!inated on the gro-nd of disabilit(, -nless it is shown that the i!)-gned act or o!ission is a))ro)riate to achieve a legiti!ate ai!" 7@, No )erson shall be de)rived of his or her )ersonal libert( onl( on the gro-nd of disabilit("

Community Life
@" 71, The )erson with disabilit( shall have the right to live in the co!!-nit(" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall endevao-r that the )ersons with disabilities are60 7a, not obliged to live in an( )artic-lar living arrange!ent+ and 7b, given access to a range of in0ho-se, residential and other co!!-nit( s-))ort services, incl-ding )ersonal assistance necessar( to s-))ort living with d-e regard to age and gender"

Protection from inhuman treatment
=" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e !eas-res to )rotect )erson with disabilit( fro! being s-bCected to tort-re, cr-el, inh-!an or degrading treat!ent" 72, No )erson with disabilit( shall be a s-bCect of an( research witho-t0 7i, 7ii, his or her free and infor!ed consent obtained thro-gh accessible !odes, !eans and for!ats of co!!-nication+ and )rior )er!ission of an %thics o!!ittee constit-ted in the )rescribed !anner for the )-r)ose b( the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent in which not less than half of the Ae!bers shall the!selves be either )erson with disabilit( or Ae!bers of the registered organi:ation as defined -nder cla-se 7-, of section 2"

Protection from abuse, violence and exploitation.
*" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e !eas-res to )rotect )ersons with disabilities fro! all for!s of ab-se, violence and e5)loitation, and to )revent the sa!e, shall60

7a, ta.e cogni:ance of incidents of ab-se, violence and e5)loitation and )rovide legal re!edies available against s-ch incidents+ 7b, ta.e ste)s for avoiding s-ch incidents and )rescribe the )roced-re for its re)orting+ 7c, ta.e ste)s to resc-e, )rotect and rehabilitate victi!s of s-ch incidents+ and 7d, create awareness and !a.e available infor!ation a!ong the )-blic" 72, An( )erson or registered organi:ation who or which has reason to believe that an act of ab-se, violence or e5)loitation has been , or is being, or is li.el( to be co!!itted against an( )erson with disabilit(, !a( give infor!ation abo-t it to the %5ec-tive Aagistrate within the local li!its of whose C-risdiction s-ch incidents occ-r" 73, The %5ec-tive Aagistrate on recei)t of s-ch infor!ation, shall ta.e i!!ediate ste)s to sto) or )revent its occ-rrence, as the case !a( be, or )ass s-ch order as he dee!s fit for the )rotection of s-ch )erson with disabilit( incl-ding an order60 7a, to resc-e the victi! of s-ch act, a-thori:ing the )olice or na( organi:ation wor.ing for )ersons with disabilities to )rovide for the safe c-stod( or rehabilitation of s-ch )erson, or both, as the case !a( be+ 7b, for )roviding )rotective c-stod( to the )erson with disabilit(, if s-ch )erson so desires+ 7c, to )rovide !aintenance to s-ch )erson with disabilit(" 7@, An( )olice officer who receives a co!)laint or otherwise co!es to .now of ab-se, violence or e5)loitation towards an( )erson with disabilit( shall infor! the aggrieved )erson of60 7a, his or her right to a))l( for )rotection -nder s-b0section72, and the )artic-lars of the %5ec-tive Aagistrate having C-risdiction to )rovide assistance+ 7b, the )artic-lars of the nearest organi:ation or instit-tion wor.ing for the rehabilitation of )ersons with disabilities+ 7c, the right to free legal aid+ 7d, the right to file a co!)laint -nder the )rovisions of this Act or an( other law dealing with s-ch offence6 Provided that nothing in this section shall be constr-ed in an( !anner as to relieve the )olice officer fro! his d-t( to )roceed in accordance with law -)on recei)t of infor!ation as to the co!!ission of a cogni:able offence" 7=, 2f the %5ec-tive Aagistrate finds that the alleged act or behavio-r constit-tes an offence -nder the 2ndian Penal ode, or -nder an( other law for the ti!e being in force, he !a( forward the co!)laint to that effect to the

8-dicial or Aetro)olitan Aagistrate, as the case !a( be, having C-risdiction in the !atter" 7Re!ar.s 6 @= of 1>*0,

Protection and safety
4" 71, The )ersons with disabilities shall have e1-al )rotection and safet( in sit-ations of ris., ar!ed conflict, h-!anitarian e!ergencies and nat-ral disasters" 72, The National Disaster Aanage!ent A-thorit( and the &tate Disaster Aanage!ent A-thorit( shall ta.e a))ro)riate !eas-res to ens-re incl-sion of )ersons with disabilities in its disaster !anage!ent activities as defined -nder cla-se 7e, of section 2 of the Disaster Aanage!ent Act, 200= for the safet( and )rotection of )ersons with disabilities" 7Re!ar.s 6 =3 of 200=, 73, The District Disaster Aanage!ent A-thorit( constit-ted -nder section 2= of the Disaster Aanage!ent Act, 200= shall !aintain record of details of )ersons with disabilities in the district and ta.e s-itable !eas-res to infor! s-ch )ersons of an( sit-ations of ris. so as to enhance disaster )re)aredness" 7Re!ar.s 6 =3 of 200=, 7@, The a-thorities engaged in reconstr-ction activities s-bse1-ent to an( sit-ation of ris., ar!ed conflict or nat-ral disasters shall -nderta.e s-ch activities, in cons-ltation with the concerned &tate o!!ission, in accordance with the accessibilit( re1-ire!ents of )ersons with disabilities"

ome and family
>" 71, N3 child with disabilit( shall be se)arated fro! his or her )arents on the gro-nd of disabilit( e5ce)t on an order of co!)etent co-rt, if re1-ired, in the best interest of the child" 72, #here the )arents are -nable to ta.e care of a child with disabilit(, the co!)etent co-rt shall )lace s-ch child with his or her near relations, and failing that within the co!!-nit( in a fa!il( setting or in e5ce)tional cases in shelter ho!es r-n b( the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent or non0govern!ental organi:ations, as !a( be re1-ired"

!eproductive

?" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ens-re that )ersons with disabilities have access to a))ro)riate infor!ation regarding re)rod-ctive and fa!il( )lanning" 72, No )erson with disabilit( shall be s-bCect to an( !edical )roced-re which leasds to infertilit( witho-t his or her free and infor!ed consent"

"ccessibility in votin#
10" The %lection o!!ission of 2ndia and the &tate %lection o!!issions shall ens-re that all )olling stations are accessible to )ersons with disabilities and all !aterials related to the electoral )rocess are easil( -nderstandable b( and accessible to the!"

"ccess to $ustice
11" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ens-re that )ersons with disabilities are able to e5ercise the right to access an( co-rt, trib-nal, a-thorit(, co!!ission or an( other bod( having C-dicial or 1-asi0C-dicial or investigative )owers witho-t discri!ination on the basis of disabilit(" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e ste)s to )-t in )lace s-itable s-))ort !eas-res for )ersons with disabilities s)eciall( those living o-tside fa!il( and those disabled re1-iring high s-))ort for e5ercising legal rights" 73, The National Degal &ervices A-thorit( and the &tate Degal &ervices A-thorities constit-ted -nder the Degal &ervices A-thorities Act, 1?>4 shall !a.e )rovisions incl-ding reasonable acco!!odations to ens-re that )ersons with disabilities have access to an( sche!e, )rogra!!e, facilit( or service offered b( the! e1-all( with others" 7Re!ar.s 6 3? of 1?>4, 7@, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e ste)s to60 7a, ens-re that all the their )-blic doc-!ents are in a accessible for!ats+ 7b, ens-re that filing de)art!ents, registr( or an( other office of records are s-))lied with necessar( e1-i)!ent to enable filing, storing and referring to the doc-!ents and evidence in accessible for!ats+ and 7c, !a.e available all necessar( facilities and e1-i)!ent to facilitate recording of testi!onies, arg-!ents or o)inion given b( )ersons with disabilities in their )referred lang-age and !eans of co!!-nications"

Le#al capacity
12" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ens-re that the )erson with disabilities have right, e1-all( with others, to own or inherit )ro)ert(, !ovable or i!!ovable, control their financial affairs and have access to ban. loans, !ortgages and other for!s of financial credit" 72, #hen a conflict of interest arises between a )erson )roviding s-))ort and a )ersons with disabilit( in a )artic-lar financial, )ro)ert( or other econo!ic transaction, then s-ch s-))orting )erson shall abstain fro! )roviding s-))ort to the )erson with disabilit( in that transaction6 Provided that there shall not be a )res-!)tion of conflict of interest C-st b( blood, affinit( or ado)tion" 73, A )erson with disabilit( !a( alter, !odif( or dis!antle an( s-))ort arrange!ent and see. the s-))ort of another6 Provided that s-ch alteration, !odification or dis!antling shall be )ros)ective in nat-re and shall not n-llif( an( third )art( transaction entered into b( the )erson with disabilit( with the aforesaid s-))ort arrange!ent" 7@, An( )erson )roviding s-))ort to the )erson with disabilit( shall not e5ercise -nd-e infl-ence and shall res)ect his or her a-tono!(, dignit( and )rivac("

Provision for #uardianship
13" 71, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in an( other law for the ti!e being in force, on and fro! the date of co!!ence!ent of this Act, where a District o-rt records a finding that a !entall( ill )erson is inca)able of ta.ing care of hi!self or herself and of ta.ing an( legall( binding decisions on his or her own, it shall !a.e an order for a))oint!ent of li!ited g-ardian to ta.e care of s-ch !entall( ill )erson and ta.e all legal binding decisions on his or her behalf in cons-ltation with s-ch )erson6 Provided that the District o-rt !a( grant )lenar( g-ardianshi) to the !entall( ill )erson -nder e5traordinar( sit-ations where li!ited g-ardianshi) co-ld not be awarded" %5)lanation E Bor the )-r)oses of this section60

7i,

7ii,

;)lenar( g-ardianshi)< !eans g-ardianshi) whereb( s-bse1-ent to a finding of inca)acit(, a g-ardian s-bstit-tes for the )erson with disabilit( as the )erson before the law and ta.es all legall( binding decisions for hi! and the decisions of the )erson with disabilit( have no binding force in law d-ring the s-bsistence of the g-ardianshi) and the g-ardian is -nder no legal obligation to cons-lt with the )erson with disabilit( or deter!ine his or her will or )reference whilst ta.ing decisions for hi!+ and ;li!ited g-ardianshi)< !eans a s(ste! of Coint decision which o)erates on !-t-al -nderstanding an tr-st between the g-ardian and the )erson with disabilit("

72, 3n and fro! the date of co!!ence!ent of this Act, ever( g-ardian a))ointed -nder an( )rovision of an( law for !entall( ill )ersons shall be dee!ed to f-nction as li!ited g-ardian6 Provided that where g-ardian a))ointed )rior to the co!!ence!ent of this Act is -nable to f-nction as li!ited g-ardian, the concerned District o-rt !a( grant )lenar( g-ardianshi) afresh ta.ing into acco-nt all relevant records of the concerned !entall( ill )erson within si5 !oths fro! the date of co!!ence!ent of this Act" %5)lanation60 Bor this )-r)oses of this section ;District o-rt< !eans, in an( area for which there is a cit( civil co-rt, that co-rt and in an( other area the )rinci)al civil co-rt of original C-risdiction, and incl-des an( other civil co-rt which the &tate 'overn!ent !a(, b( notification, s)ecif( as the co-rt co!)etent to deal with all or an( of the !atters s)ecified in this Act+

Desi#nation of authorities to support
1@" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall designate one or !ore a-thorities to !obili:e the co!!-nit( and create social awareness to s-))ort )ersons with disabilities in e5ercise of their legal ca)acit(" 72, The a-thorit( designated -nder s-b0section 71, shall ta.e !eas-res for setting -) s-itable s-))ort arrange!ents to e5ercise legal ca)acit( b( )ersons with disabilities living in instit-tions and those with high s-))ort needs an( other !eas-res as !a( be re1-ired"

CHAPTER 3 EDUCATION

Duty of educational institutions
1=" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall endevao-r that all ed-cational instit-tions f-nded b( the! )rovide incl-sive ed-cation to the children with disabilities and towards that end shall60 7i, ad!it the! witho-t discri!ination and )rovide ed-cation and o))ort-nities for s)orts and recreation activities e1-all( with others+ 7ii, !a.e b-ilding, ca!)-s and vario-s facilities accessible+ 7iii, )rovide reasonable acco!!odation according to the individ-al/s re1-ire!ents+ 7iv, )rovide necessar( s-))ort individ-ali:ed or otherwise in environ!ents that !a5i!i:e acade!ic and social develo)!ent consistent with the goal of f-ll incl-sion+ 7v, ens-re that the ed-cation to )ersons who are blind or deaf or both is i!)arted in the !ost a))ro)riate lang-ages and !odes and !eans of co!!-nication+ 7vi, detect s)ecific learning disabilities in children at the earliest, and ta.e s-itable )edagogical and other !eas-res to overco!e the!+ 7vii, !onitor )artici)ation, )rogress in ter!s of attain!ent levels and co!)letion of ed-cation in res)ect of ever( st-dent with disabilit(+ 7viii, )rovide trans)ortation facilities to the children with disabilit( and also the attendant of the children with disabilities having high s-))ort needs"

Specific measures to promote and facilitate inclusive education
1*" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall ta.e the following !eas-res for the )-r)ose of section 1=, na!el(60 7a, to cond-ct s-rve( of school going children for identif(ing children with disabilities, ascertaining their s)ecial needs and the e5tent to which these are being !et+ 7b, to establish ade1-ate n-!ber of teacher training instit-tions+ 7c, to train and e!)lo( teachers, incl-ding teachers with disabilit( who are 1-alified in sign lang-age and Braille and also teachers who are trained in teaching children with intellect-al disabilit(+ 7d, to train )rofessionals and staff to s-))ort incl-sive ed-cation+ 7e, to establish ade1-ate n-!ber of reso-rce centres to s-))ort ed-cational instit-tions+ 7f, to )ro!ote the -se of a))ro)riate a-g!entative and alternative !odes incl-ding !eans and for!ats of co!!-nication, Braille and sign lang-age to s-))le!ent the -se of one/s own s)eech to f-lfill the dail( co!!-nication needs of )ersons with s)eech, co!!-nication or

lang-age disabilities and enables the! to )artici)ate and contrib-te to their co!!-nit( and societ(" 7g, to )rovide boo.s, other learning !aterials and a))ro)riate assistive devices, to st-dents with bench!ar. disabilities, free of cost, -)to the age of eighteen (ears, and either free or at affordable cost, thereafter+ 7h, to )rovide scholarshi)s in a))ro)riate cases to st-dents with bench!ar. disabilit(+ 7i, to !a.e s-itable !odifications in the c-rric-l-! and e5a!ination s(ste! to !eet the needs of st-dents with disabilit( s-ch as e5tra ti!e for co!)letion of e5a!ination )a)er, facilit( of scribe or a!an-ensis, e5e!)tion fro! second and third lang-age co-rses+ 7C, to )ro!ote research to i!)rove learning+ and 7., an( other !eas-res, as !a( be re1-ired"

"dult education
14" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall ta.e !eas-res to )ro!ote )artici)ation of )ersons with disabilities in ad-lt ed-cation and contin-ing ed-cation )rogra!!es e1-all( with others"

CHATPER 4 SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT
S%ill development and employment
1>" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall for!-late sche!es and )rogra!!es incl-ding )rovision of loans at concessional rates to facilitate and s-))ort e!)lo(!ent of )ersons with disabilities es)eciall( for their vocational training and self0e!)lo(!ent"

&on-discrimination in employment
1?" 71, No establish!ent shall discri!inate against an( )erson with disabilit( in an( !atter relating to e!)lo(!ent6 Provide that the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent !a(, having regard to the t()e of wor. carried on in an( establish!ent, b( notification and s-bCect to s-ch conditions, if an(, e5e!)t an( establish!ent fro! the )rovisions of this section"

72, %ver( establish!ent shall )rovide a))ro)riate environ!ent to e!)lo(ees with disabilities" 73, No )ro!otion shall be denied to a )erson !erel( on the gro-nd of disabilit(" 7@, No establish!ent shall dis)ense with or red-ce in ran., an e!)lo(ee who ac1-ires a disabilit( d-ring his or her service" Provide that, if an e!)lo(ee after ac1-iring disabilit( is not s-itable for the )ost he was holding, shall be shifted to so!e other )ost with the sa!e )a( scale and service benefits6 Provided f-rther that if it is not )ossible to adC-st the e!)lo(ee against an( )ost, he !a( be .e)t on a s-))le!entar( )ost -ntil a s-itable )ost is available or he attains the age of s-)erann-ation, whichever is earlier"

Equal opportunity policy
20" 71, %ver( establish!ent shall notif( e1-al o))ort-nit( )olic( detailing !eas-res )ro)osed to be ta.en b( it in )-rs-ance of the )rovisions of this ha)ter in the !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent" 72, %ver( establish!ent shall register a co)( of the said )olic( with the National o!!ission or the &tate o!!ission, as the case !a( be"

'aintainin# records
21" 71, %ver( establish!ent shall !aintain records of the )ersons with disabilities in relation to the !atter of e!)lo(!ent, facilities )rovided and other necessar( infor!ation in co!)liance with the )rovisions of this ha)ter in s-ch for! and !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent" 72, %ver( e!)lo(!ent e5change shall !aintain records of )ersons with disabilities see.ing e!)lo(!ent" 73, The records !aintained -nder s-b0section 71, shall be o)en to ins)ection at all reasonable ho-rs b( s-ch )ersons as !a( be a-thori:ed in their behalf b( the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent"

"ppointment of (rievance !edressal )fficer

22" 71, %ver( establish!ent shall a))oint a 'rievance Redressal 3fficer for the )r-)ose of section 1? and shall infor! the National o!!ission or the &tate o!!ission, as the case !a( be, abo-t the a))oint!ent of s-ch officer" 72, An( )erson aggrieved with the non0co!)liance of the )rovisions of section 1?, !a( file a co!)laint with the 'rievance Redressal 3fficer, who shall investigate it and shall ta.e -) the !atter with the establish!ent for corrective action" 73, The 'rievance Redressal 3fficer shall !aintain a register of co!)laints in the !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent, and ever( co!)laint shall be loo.ed into within two wee.s of its registration" 7@, 2f the aggrieved )erson is not satisfied with the action ta.en on his or her co!)laint, he or she !a( a))roach the District0Devel o!!ittee on disabilit("

CHAPTER 5 SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTH, REHABILITAITON AND RECREATION
Social Security
23" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall within the li!it of its econo!ic ca)acit( and develo)!ent for!-late necessar( sche!es and )rogra!!es to safeg-ard and )ro!ote the right of )ersons with disabilities for ade1-ate standard of living to enable the! to live inde)endentl( or in the co!!-nit(" Provided that the 1-ant-! of assistance to the )ersons with disabilities -nder s-ch sche!es and )rogra!!es shall be at least twent(0five )ercent higher than the si!ilar sche!es a))licable to others" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent while devising these sche!es and )rogra!!es shall give d-e consideration to the diversit( of disabilit(, gender, age, and socio0econo!ic stat-s" 73, The sche!es -nder s-b0section 71, shall )rovide for60 7a, co!!-nit( centres with decent living conditions in ter!s of safet(, sanitation, health care and co-nseling+ 7b, facilities for )ersons incl-ding children with disabilit( who have no fa!il( or have been abandoned, or are witho-t shelter or livelihood+ 7c, s-))ort d-ring nat-ral or !an0!ade disasters and in areas of conflict+

7d, s-))ort to wo!en with disabilit( for livelihood and for -)bringing of their children+ 7e, access to safe drin.ing water and a))ro)riate and accessible sanitation facilities es)eciall( in -rban sl-!s and r-ral areas+ 7f, )rovisions of aids and a))liances, !edicine and diagnostic services and corrective s-rger( free of cost to )ersons with disabilities with s-ch inco!e ceiling as !a( be notified+ 7g, disabilit( )ension to )ersons with disabilities s-bCect to s-ch inco!e ceiling as !a( be notified+ 7h, -ne!)lo(!ent allowance to )ersons with disabilities registered with &)ecial %!)lo(!ent %5change for !ore than two (ears and who co-ld not be )lace in an( gainf-l occ-)ation+ 7i, care0giver allowance to )ersons with disabilities with high s-))ort needs+ 7C, co!)rehensive ins-rance sche!e for )ersons with disabilit(, not covered -nder the %!)lo(ees &tate 2ns-rance &che!es, or an( other stat-tor( or 'overn!ent0s)onsored ins-rance sche!es+ 7., an( other !atter which the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent !a( thin. fit"

ealth Care
2@" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall ta.e necessar( !eas-res for the )ersons with disabilities to )rovide60 7a, free health care in the vicinit( s)eciall( in r-ral area s-bCect to s-ch fa!il( inco!e as !a( be notified+ 7b, barrier0free access in all )arts of the hos)itals and other healthcare instit-tions and centres r-n or aided b( the!+ 7c, )riorit( in attendance and treat!ent" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ents and the local a-thorities shall ta.e !eas-res and !a.e sche!es or )rogra!!es to )ro!ote health care and )revent the occ-rrence of disabilities and for the said )-r)ose shall60 7a, -nderta.e or ca-se to be -nderta.en s-rve(s, investigations and research concerning the ca-se of occ-rrence of disabilities+ 7b, )ro!ote vario-s !ethods for )reventing disabilities+ 7c, screen all the children at least once in a (ear for the )-r)ose of identif(ing ;at0ris.< cases+ 7d, )rovide facilities for training to the staff at the )ri!ar( health centres+ 7e, s)onsor or ca-se to be s)onsored awareness ca!)aigns and disse!inate or ca-se to be disse!inated infor!ation for general h(giene, health and sanitation+ 7f, ta.e !eas-res for )re0natal, )erinatal and )ost0natal care of !other and child+

7g, ed-cate the )-blic thro-gh the )re0schools, schools, )ri!ar( $ealth entres, village level wor.ers and anganwadi wor.ers+ 7h, create awareness a!ongst the !asses thro-gh television, radio and other !ass !edia on the ca-ses of disabilities and the )reventive !eas-res to be ado)ted+ 7i, health care d-ring the ti!e of nat-ral disasters and other sit-ations of ris.+ 7C, essential !edical facilities for life saving e!ergenc( treat!ent and )roced-res+ and 7., se5-al and re)rod-ctive health care es)eciall( for wo!en with disabilit("

*nsurance Schemes
2=" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall, b( notification, !a.e ins-rance sche!es for their e!)lo(ees with disabilities"

!ehabilitation
2*" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall within their econo!ic ca)acit( and develo)!ent, -nderta.e or ca-se to be -nderta.en services and )rogra!!es of rehabilitation, )artic-larl( in the areas of health, ed-cation and e!)lo(!ent for all )ersons with disabilities" 72, Bor the )-r)oses of s-b0section 71,, the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities !a( grant financial assistance to Non0'overn!ent 3rganisations" 73, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities, while for!-lating rehabilitation )olicies shall cons-lt the Non0'overn!ental 3rgani:ations wor.ing for the ca-se of )ersons with disabilities"

!esearch and Development
24" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall initiate or ca-se to be initiated research and develo)!ent thro-gh individ-als and instit-tions on iss-es which shall enhance habilitation and rehabilitation and on s-ch other iss-es which are necessar( for the e!)ower!ent of )ersons with disabilities"

Culture and recreation

2>" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall ta.e !eas-res to )ro!ote and )rotect the rights of all )ersons with disabilities to have a c-lt-ral life and to )artici)ate in recreational activities e1-all( with others which incl-de,0 7a, facilities, s-))ort and s)onsorshi)s to artists and writers with disabilit( to )-rs-e their interests and talents+ 7b, establish!ent of a disabilit( histor( !-se-! which chronicles and inter)rets the historical e5)eriences of )ersons with disabilities+ 7c, !a.ing art accessible to )ersons with disabilities+ 7d, )ro!oting recreation centers, and other associational activities+ 7e, facilitating )artici)ation in sco-ting, dancing, art classes, o-tdoor ca!)s and advent-re activities+ 7f, redesigning co-rses in c-lt-ral and arts s-bCects to enable )artici)ation and access of )ersons with disabilities+ and 7g, develo)ing technolog(, assistive devices and e1-i)!ents to facilitate access and incl-sion for )ersons with disabilities in recreational activities"

Sportin# activities.
2?" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e !eas-res to ens-re effective )artici)ation in s)orting activities of the )ersons with disabilities" 72, The &)orts a-thorities shall accord d-e recognition to the right of )ersons with disabilities to )artici)ate in s)orts and shall !a.e d-e )rovisions for the incl-sion of )ersons with disabilities in their sche!es and )rogra!s for the )ro!otion and develo)!ent of s)orting talents" 73, #itho-t )reC-dice to the )rovisions contained in s-b0sections 71, and 72,, the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the s)orts a-thorities shall ta.e !eas-res to,0 7a, restr-ct-re co-rses and )rogra!!es to ens-re access, incl-sion and )artici)ation of )ersons with disabilities in all s)orting activities+ 7b, redesign and s-))ort infrastr-ct-re facilities of all s)orting activities for )ersons with disabilities+ 7c, develo) technolog( to enhance )otential, talent, ca)acit( and abilit( in s)orting activities of all )ersons with disabilities+ 7d, )rovide !-lti0sensor( essentials and feat-res in all s)orting activities to ens-re effective )artici)ation of all )ersons with disabilities+ 7e, allocate f-nds for develo)!ent of state of art s)ort facilities for training of )ersons with disabilities+ 7f, )ro!ote and organi:e disabilit( s)ecific s)orting events for )ersons with disabilities"

CHAPTER 6 SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR PERSONS WITH BENCHMARK DISABIILTIES
+ree education for children ,ith benchmar% disabilities
30"71, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in the rights of hildren to Bree and o!)-lsor( %d-cation Act, 200?, ever( child with bench0!ar. disabilit( between the age of si5 to eighteen (ears shall have the right to free ed-cation in a neighborhood school, or in a s)ecial school, if necessar(" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and local a-thorities shall ens-re that ever( child with bench!ar. disabilit( has access to free ed-cation in an a))ro)riate environ!ent till he attains the age of eighteen (ears"

!eservation in hi#her educational institutions
31"71, All 'overn!ent instit-tions of higher ed-cation and other higher ed-cation instit-tions receiving aid fro! the 'overn!ent shall reserve not less than five )ercent seats for )ersons with bench!ar. disabilities+ 72, The )ersons with bench!ar. disabilities shall be given an -))er age rela5ation of five (ears for ad!ission in instit-tions of higher ed-cation"

*dentification of posts for reservation
32" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shallE 7i, identif( )osts in the establish!ents to be reserved for the )ersons with bench!ar. disabilit(+ 7ii, review and -)date the list of identified )osts, ta.ing into consideration the develo)!ents in technolog(, at )eriodical intervals not e5ceeding five (ears"

!eservation
33"71, %ver( a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall reserve in ever( establish!ent -nder the!, not less than five )er cent, of the vacancies !eant to be filled for )ersons or class of )ersons with bench!ar. disabilit(, of which one )er cent, each shall be reserved for the )ersons with following disabilities,0 7a, blindness and low vision+ 7b, hearing i!)air!ent and s)eech i!)air!ent+ 7c, loco!otor disabilit( incl-ding cerebral )als(, le)ros( c-red and !-sc-lar d(stro)h(+

7d, a-tis!, intellect-al disabilit( and !ental illness+ 7e, !-lti)le disabilities fro! a!ongst )ersons -nder cla-ses 7a, to 7d, incl-ding deafblindness in the )osts identified for each disabilities6 Provided that the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent !a(, having regard to the t()e of wor. carried on in an( de)art!ent or establish!ent, b( notification and s-bCect to s-ch conditions, if an(, as !a( be s)ecified in s-ch notification, e5e!)t an( establish!ent fro! the )rovisions of this section" %5)lanation6 Bor the )-r)ose of this section, the co!)-tation of reservation of vacancies for the )ersons with bench!ar. disabilities shall be co!)-ted on five )er cent, of the total cadre strength" 72, #here in an( recr-it!ent (ear an( vacanc( cannot be filled -) d-e to non0 availabilit( of a s-itable )erson with bench !ar. disabilit( or for an( other s-fficient reasons, s-ch vacanc( shall be carried forward in the s-cceeding recr-it!ent (ear and if in the s-cceeding recr-it!ent (ear also s-itable )erson with disabilit( is not available, it !a( first be filled b( interchange a!ong the five categories and onl( when there is no )erson with disabilit( available for the )ost in that (ear, the e!)lo(er shall fill -) the vacanc( b( a))oint!ent of a )erson, other than a )erson with disabilit(6 Provided that if the nat-re of vacancies in an establish!ent is s-ch that a given categor( of )erson cannot be e!)lo(ed, the vacancies !a( be interchanged a!ong the five categories with the )rior a))roval of the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent" 73, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall b( notification, )rovide rela5ation of -))er age li!it -)to five (ears for e!)lo(!ent of )ersons with bench !ar. disabilit("

*ncentives to employers in private sector
3@" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall, within the li!it of their econo!ic ca)acit( and develo)!ent, )rovide incentives to e!)lo(er in )rivate sectors to ens-re that at least five )er cent, of their wor. force is co!)osed of )ersons with disabilit("

Special Employment Exchan#e
3=" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent !a(, b( notification, re1-ire that fro! s-ch date, the e!)lo(er in ever( establish!ent shall f-rnish s-ch infor!ation or ret-rn as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent in relation to vacancies a))ointed for )ersons with bench!ar. disabilit( that have occ-rred or are abo-t to occ-r in that establish!ent to s-ch &)ecial %!)lo(!ent %5change as

!a( be notified b( the entral 'overn!ent and the establish!ent shall there-)on co!)l( with s-ch re1-isition"

Special Schemes and Development Pro#rammes
3*" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local "a-thorities shall, b( notification, !a.e sche!es in favo-r of )ersons with bench!ar. disabilities, to )rovide,0 7a, five )er cent, reservation in allot!ent of agric-lt-ral land and ho-sing in all relevant sche!es and develo)!ent )rogra!!es, with a))ro)riate )riorit( to wo!en with bench!ar. disabilities+ 7b, five )er cent, reservation in all )overt( alleviation and vario-s develo)!ental sche!es with )riorit( to wo!en with bench!ar. disabilities+ 7c, five )er cent, reservation in allot!ent of land on concessional rate, where s-ch land is to be -sed for the )-r)ose of )ro!oting ho-sing, shelter, setting -) of occ-)ation, b-siness, enter)rise, recreation centers and )rod-ction centers"

CHAPER 7 SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WITH HIGH SUPPORT NEEDS
Special provisions for persons ,ith disabilities ,ith hi#h support
34" 71, An( )erson with bench!ar. disabilit(, who considers hi!self to be in need of high s-))ort, or an( )erson or organisation on his or her behalf, !a( a))l( to an a-thorit(, to be notified b( the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent, re1-esting to )rovide high s-))ort" 72, 3n recei)t of an a))lication -nder s-b0section 71,, the a-thorit( shall refer it to an FAssess!ent Board consisting of s-ch Ae!bers as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent" 73, The Assess!ent Board shall assess the case referred to it -nder s-b0section 71, in s-ch !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent, and shall send a re)ort to the a-thorit( certif(ing the need of high s-))ort and its nat-re" 7@, 3n recei)t of a re)ort -nder s-b0section 73,, the a-thorit( shall ta.e ste)s to )rovide s-))ort in accordance with the re)ort and s-bCect to relevant sche!es and orders of the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent in this behalf"

CHAPTER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENTS
",areness Campai#ns
3>"71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent, in cons-ltation with the National o!!ission or the &tate o!!ission, as the case !a( be, shall cond-ct, enco-rage, s-))ort or )ro!ote awareness ca!)aigns and sensitisation )rogra!!es to ens-re that the rights of the )ersons with disabilities )rovided -nder this Act are )rotected" 72, The )rogra!!es and ca!)aigns s)ecified -nder s-b section 71, shall also,0 7a, )ro!ote val-es of incl-sion, tolerance, e!)ath( and res)ect for diversit(+ 7b, advance recognition of the s.ills, !erits and abilities of )ersons with disabilities and of their contrib-tions to the wor.force, labo-r !ar.et and )rofessional fee+ 7c, foster res)ect for the decisions !ade b( )ersons with disabilities on all !atters related to fa!il( life, relationshi)s, bearing and raising children+ 7d, )rovide orientation and sensitisation at the school, college, Universit( and )rofessional training level on the h-!an condition of disabilit( and the rights of )ersons with disabilities+ 7e, )rovide orientation and sensitisation on disabling conditions and rights of )ersons with disabilities to e!)lo(ers, ad!inistrators and co0wor.ers" 7f, ens-re that the rights of )ersons with disabilit( are incl-ded in the c-rric-l-! in Universities and colleges"

"ccessibility
3?" The National o!!ission shall, for!-late reg-lations for the )ersons with disabilities la(ing down the standards of accessibilit( for the )h(sical environ!ent, trans)ortation, infor!ation and co!!-nications, incl-ding a))ro)riate technologies and s(ste!s, and other facilities and services )rovided to the )-blic in -rban and r-ral areas"

"ccess to -ransport
@0 7 1, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e s-itable !eas-res to )rovide,0

7a, facilities for )ersons with disabilities at b-s sto)s, railwa( stations and air)orts confor!ing to the accessibilit( standards relating to )ar.ing s)aces, toilets, tic.eting co-nters and tic.eting !achines+ 7b, access to all !odes of trans)ort that confor! the design standards, incl-ding retrofitting old !odes of trans)ort, wherever technicall( feasible and safe for )ersons with disabilities, econo!icall( viable and witho-t entailing !aCor str-ct-ral changes in design+ 7c, accessible roads to address !obilit( necessar( for )ersons with disabilities" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall develo) sche!es )rogra!!es to )ro!ote the )ersonal !obilit( of )ersons with disabilities at affordable cost to )rovide for,0 7a, incentives and concessions+ 7b, retrofitting of vehicles+ and 7c, )ersonal !obilit( assistance+

"ccess to information and communication technolo#y
@1" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e !eas-res to ens-re that,0 7i, all contents available in a-dio, )rint and electronic !edia are in accessible for!at+ 7ii, )ersons with disabilities have access to electronic !edia b( )roviding a-dio descri)tion, sign lang-age inter)retation and close ca)tioning+ 7iii, electronic goods and e1-i)!ent which are !eant for ever( da( -se are available in -niversal design+

"ccess to transport and personal mobility
@2" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall ta.e !eas-res to )ro!ote develo)!ent, )rod-ction and distrib-tion of -niversall( designed cons-!er )rod-cts and accessories for general -se"

'andatory observance of accessibility norms
@3" 71, No establish!ent shall be granted )er!ission to b-ild an( str-ct-re if the b-ilding )lan does not adhere to the reg-lations for!-lated b( the National o!!ission -nder section 3?" 72, No establish!ent shall be iss-ed a certificate of co!)letion or allowed to ta.e occ-)ation of a b-ilding -nless it has adhered to the reg-lations for!-lated b( the National o!!ission"

-ime limit for ma%in# existin# infrastructure and premises accessible and action for that purpose.
@@" 71, All e5isting )-blic b-ildings shall be !ade accessible in accordance with the reg-lations for!-lated b( the National o!!ission within a )eriod not e5ceeding five (ears fro! the date of notification of s-ch reg-lations6 Provided that the central 'overn!ent !a( grant e5tension of ti!e to the states on a case to case basis for adherence to this )rovision de)ending on their state of )re)aredness and other related )ara!eters" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and the local a-thorities shall for!-late and )-blish an action )lan based on )rioriti:ation, for )roviding accessibilit( in all their b-ildings and s)aces )roviding essential services s-ch as all )ri!ar( health centres, civil hos)itals, schools, railwa( stations and b-s sto)s"

-ime limit for accessibility by service providers.
@=" The service )roviders shall )rovide services in accordance with the reg-lations on accessibilit( for!-lated b( the National o!!ission -nder section 3? within a )eriod of two (ears fro! the date of notification of s-ch reg-lations6 Provided that the entral 'overn!ent, in cons-ltation with the National o!!ission, !a( grant e5tension of ti!e for )roviding certain categor( of services in accordance with the said reg-lations"

uman resource development
@*" 71, #itho-t )reC-dice to an( f-nction and )ower of Rehabilitation o-ncil of 2ndia constit-ted -nder the Rehabilitation o-ncil of 2ndia Act 1??2, the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall endeavo-r to develo) h-!an reso-rce for the )-r)oses of this Act and to that end shall,0 7Re!ar.s 6 3@ of 1??2, 7a, !andate training on disabilit( rights in all co-rses for the training of Pancha(ati RaC Ae!bers, legislators, ad!inistrators, )olice officials, C-dges and law(ers+ 7b, ind-ct disabilit( as a co!)onent for all ed-cation co-rses for schools, colleges and Universit( teachers, doctors, n-rses, )ara0!edical )ersonnel, social welfare officers, r-ral develo)!ent officers, asha wor.ers, anganwadi wor.ers engineers, architects, other )rofessionals and co!!-nit( wor.ers+ 7c, initiate ca)acit( b-ilding )rogra!!es incl-ding training in inde)endent living and co!!-nit( relationshi)s for fa!ilies, Ae!bers of co!!-nit( and other sta.eholders and care )roviders on care giving and s-))ort+ 7d, ens-re inde)endence training for )ersons with disabilities to b-ild co!!-nit( relationshi)s on !-t-al contrib-tion and res)ect+

7e, cond-ct training )rogra!!es for s)orts teachers with foc-s on s)orts, ga!es, advent-re activities+ 7f, an( other ca)acit( develo)!ent !eas-res as !a( be re1-ired" 72, All -niversities shall )ro!ote teaching and research in disabilit( st-dies incl-ding establish!ent of st-d( centres for s-ch st-dies" 73, 2n order to f-lfill the obligation stated in s-b0section 71,, the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall in ever( five (ears -nderta.e a need based anal(sis and for!-late )lans for the recr-it!ent, ind-ction, sensiti:ation, orientation and training of s-itable )ersonnel to -nderta.e the vario-s res)onsibilities -nder in this Act"

Social audit
@4" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall -nderta.e social a-dit of all general sche!es and )rogra!!es involving the )ersons with disabilities to ens-re that the sche!e and )rogra!!es do not have an adverse i!)act -)on the )ersons with disabilities and need the re1-ire!ents and concerns of )ersons with disabilities"

CHAPTER ! REGISTRATION OF INSTITUTIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND GRANTS TO SUCH INSTITUTIONS
Competent authority
@>" The &tate 'overn!ent shall a))oint an a-thorit( as it dee!s fit to be a co!)etent a-thorit( for the )-r)oses of this ha)ter"

!e#istration
@?" &ave as otherwise )rovided -nder this Act, no )erson shall establish or !aintain an( instit-tion for )ersons with disabilities e5ce)t in accordance with a certificate of registration iss-ed in this behalf b( the co!)etent a-thorit(6 Provided that an instit-tion for care of !entall( ill )ersons, which holds a valid licence -nder section > of the Aental $ealth Act, 1?>4 or an( other Act for the ti!e being in force, shall not be re1-ired to be registered -nder this Act" 7Re!ar.s 6 1@ of 1?>4,

"pplication #rant of certificate of re#istration
=0"71, %ver( a))lication for a certificate of registration shall be !ade to the co!)etent a-thorit( in s-ch for! and in s-ch !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent" 72, 3n recei)t of an a))lication -nder s-b0section 71,, the co!)etent a-thorit( shall !a.e s-ch en1-iries as it !a( dee! fit and on being satisfied that the a))licant has co!)lied with the re1-ire!ents of this Act and the r-les !ade there -nder, it shall grant a certificate of registration to the a))licant and if not satisfied, the co!)etent a-thorit( shall, b( order, ref-se to grant the certificate a))lied for6 Provided that before !a.ing an( order ref-sing to grant a certificate, the co!)etent a-thorit( shall give the a))licant a reasonable o))ort-nit( of being heard and ever( order of ref-sal to grant a certificate shall be co!!-nicated to the a))licant in writing" 73, No certificate of registration shall be granted -nder s-b0section 72, -nless the instit-tion with res)ect to which an a))lication has been !ade is in a )osition to )rovide s-ch facilities and !eet s-ch standards as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent" 7@, The certificate of registration granted -nder s-b0section 72,60 7a, shall, -nless revo.ed -nder section =1 re!ain in force for s-ch )eriod as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent+ 7b, !a( be renewed fro! ti!e to ti!e for a li.e )eriod+ and 7c, shall be in s-ch for! and shall be s-bCect to s-ch conditions as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent" 7=, An a))lication for renewal of a certificate of registration shall be !ade not less than si5t( da(s before the e5)ir( of the )eriod of validit(" 7*, A co)( of the certificate of registration shall be dis)la(ed b( the instit-tion in a cons)ic-o-s )lace" 74, %ver( a))lication !ade -nder s-b0section 71, or s-b0section 7=, shall be dis)osed of b( the co!)etent a-thorit( within s-ch )eriod as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

!evocation of re#istration

=1" 71, The co!)etent a-thorit( !a(, if it has reason to believe that the holder of a certificate of registration granted -nder s-b0section 72, of section @? has60 7a, !ade a state!ent in relation to an( a))lication for the iss-e or renewal of the certificate which is incorrect or false in !aterial )artic-lars+ or 7b, co!!itted or has ca-sed to be co!!itted an( breach of r-les or an( conditions s-bCect to which the certificate was granted+ it !a(, after !a.ing s-ch in1-ir(, as it dee!s fit, b( order, revo.e the certificate6 Provided that no s-ch order shall be !ade -ntil an o))ort-nit( is given to the holder of the certificate to show ca-se as to wh( the certificate of registration shall not be revo.ed" 72, #here a certificate of registration in res)ect of an instit-tion has been revo.ed -nder s-b0section 71,, s-ch instit-tion shall cease to f-nction fro! the date of s-ch revocation6 Provided that where an a))eal lies -nder section =2 against the order of revocation, s-ch instit-tion shall cease to f-nction, 0 7a, where no a))eal has been )referred i!!ediatel( on the e5)ir( of the )eriod )rescribed for the filing of s-ch a))eal+ or 7b, where s-ch a))eal has been )referred, b-t the order of revocation has been -)held, fro! the date of the order of a))eal" 73, 3n the revocation of a certificate of registration in res)ect of an instit-tion, the co!)etent a-thorit( !a( direct that an( )erson with disabilit( who is an in!ate of s-ch instit-tion on the date of s-ch revocation, shall be60 7a, restored to the c-stod( of his or her )arent, s)o-se or lawf-l g-ardian, as the case !a( be, or 7b, transferred to an( other instit-tion s)ecified b( the co!)etent a-thorit(" 7@, %ver( instit-tion which holds a certificate of registration which is revo.ed -nder this section shall, i!!ediatel( after s-ch revocation, s-rrender s-ch certificate to the co!)etent a-thorit("

"ppeal
=2" 71, An( )erson aggrieved b( the order of the co!)etent a-thorit( ref-sing to grant a certificate or revo.ing a certificate !a(, within s-ch )eriod as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent, )refer an a))eal to s-ch a))ellate a-thorit(, as !a( be notified b( the &tate 'overn!ent against s-ch ref-sal or revocation" 72, The order of the a))ellate a-thorit( on s-ch a))eal shall be final"

"ct not to apply to institutions established or maintained by Central or State (overnment.
=3" Nothing contained in this ha)ter shall a))l( to an instit-tion for )ersons with disabilities established or !aintained b( the entral 'overn!ent or a &tate 'overn!ent"

"ssistance to re#istered institutions
=@" The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent !a( within the li!its of their econo!ic ca)acit( and develo)!ent, grant financial assistance to registered instit-tions to )rovide services and to i!)le!ent the sche!es and )rogra!!es in )-rs-ance of the )rovisions of the Act"

CHAPTER 1" CERTIFICATION OF SPECIFIED DISABILITIES
(uidelines for assessment of specified disabilities
==" The entral 'overn!ent shall notif( g-idelines for the )-r)ose of assessing the e5tent of s)ecified disabilit( in a )erson"

Desi#nation of certifyin# authorities.
=*" 71, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall designate )ersons, having re1-isite 1-alifications and e5)erience, as certif(ing a-thorities, who shall be co!)etent to iss-e the disabilit( certificate" 72, The a))ro)riate 'overn!ent shall also notif( the C-risdiction within which and the ter!s and conditions s-bCect to which, the certif(ing a-thorit( shall )erfor! its certification f-nctions"

Procedure for certification
=4" 71, An( )erson with s)ecified disabilit(, !a( a))l(, in s-ch !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent , to a certif(ing a-thorit( having C-risdiction, for iss-ing of a certificate of disabilit("

72, 3n recei)t of an a))lication -nder s-b0section7l,, the certif(ing a-thorit( shall assess the disabilit( of the concerned )erson in accordance with relevant g-idelines notified -nder section ==, and shall, after s-ch assess!ent, as the case !a( be 0 7a, iss-e a certificate of disabilit( to s-ch )erson, in s-ch for! as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent+ 7b, infor! hi! in writing that he has no s)ecified disabilit("

"ppeal a#ainst a decision of certifyin# authority
=>"71, An( )erson aggrieved with decision of the certif(ing a-thorit(, !a( a))eal against s-ch decision, within s-ch ti!e and in s-ch !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent, to s-ch a))ellate a-thorit( as the &tate 'overn!ent !a( designate for the )-r)ose" 72, 3n recei)t of an a))eal, the a))ellate a-thorit( shall decide the a))eal in s-ch !anner as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

CHAPTER 11 CENTRAL AND STATE ADVISORY BOARDS ON DISABILITY AND DISTRICT LEVEL COMMITTEE
Constitution of Central "dvisory .oard on Disability
=?"71, The entral 'overn!ent shall, b( notification, constit-te a bod( to be .nown as the entral Advisor( Board on Disabilit( to e5ercise the )owers conferred on, and to )erfor! the f-nctions assigned to it, -nder this Act" 72, The entral Advisor( Board shall consist of60 7a, the Ainister in charge of De)art!ent of Disabilit( Affairs in the entral 'overn!ent, hair)erson, e5 officio+ 7b, the Ainister of &tate in charge dealing with De)art!ent of Disabilit( Affairs in the Ainistr( in the entral 'overn!ent, Gice hair)erson, e5 officio+ 7c, three Ae!bers of Parlia!ent, of who! two shall be elected b( Do. &abha and one b( the RaC(a &abha+ Ae!bers e5 officio+ 7d, the !inisters in charge of Disabilit( Affairs of all &tates and Ad!inistrators or Die-tenant 'overnors of the Union territories, Ae!bers, e5 officio 7e, &ecretaries to the 'overn!ent of 2ndia in charge of the Ainistries or De)art!ents of Disabilit( Affairs, &ocial 8-stice and %!)ower!ent, &chool

%d-cation and Diterac(, and $igher %d-cation, #o!en and hild Develo)!ent, %5)endit-re, Personnel and Training, Ad!inistrative Refor!s and P-blic 'rievances, $ealth and Ba!il( #elfare, R-ral Develo)!ent, Pancha(ati RaC, 2nd-strial Polic( and Pro!otion, Urban Develo)!ent, $o-sing and Urban Povert( Alleviation, &cience and Technolog(, o!!-nications and 2nfor!ation Technolog(, Degal Affairs, P-blic %nter)rises, Ho-th Affairs and &)orts, Road Trans)ort and $ighwa(s and ivil Aviation, Ae!bers, e5 officio+ 7f, &ecretar(, Planning o!!ission, Ae!ber, e5 officio 7g, hair)erson, Rehabilitation o-ncil of 2ndia, Ae!ber, e5 officio+

7h, hair)erson, National Tr-st for the #elfare of Persons with A-tis!, erebral Pals(, Aental Retardation and A-lti)le Disabilities, Ae!ber, e5 officio+ 7i, hair!an c-! Aanaging Director, National Develo)!ent or)oration, Ae!ber, e5 officio+ 7C, hair!an c-! Aanaging Director, or)oration, Ae!ber, e5 officio+ Artificial $andica))ed Di!bs Binance

Aan-fact-ring

7., hair!an, Railwa( Board, Ae!ber, e5 officio+ 7l, Director0'eneral, %!)lo(!ent and Training, Ainistr( of Dabo-r and %!)lo(!ent, Ae!ber, e5 officio, 7!, Director, National o-ncil for %d-cational Research and Training+ Ae!ber, e5 officio+ 7n, hair)erson, National o-ncil of Teacher %d-cation, Ae!ber, e5 officio+ 7o, hair)erson, Universit( 'rants o!!ission, Ae!ber, e5 officio+ 7), hair)erson, Aedical o-ncil of 2ndia, Ae!ber, e5 officio+ 71, Directors of the following 2nstit-tes6 0 7i, National 2nstit-te for the Gis-all( $andica))ed, Dehrad-n+ 7ii, National 2nstit-te for the Aentall( $andica))ed, &ec-ndrabad+ 7iii, Pandit Deen Da(al U)adh(a( 2nstit-te for the Ph(sicall( $andica))ed, New Delhi+ 7iv, Ali Havar 8-ng National 2nstit-te for the $earing $andica))ed, A-!bai+ 7v, National 2nstit-te for the 3rtho)aedicall( $andica))ed, 9ol.ata+ 7vi, &wa!i Give.ananda National 2nstit-te of Rehabilitation Training and Research, -ttac.+

7vii, National 2nstit-te for %!)ower!ent of Persons with A-lti)le Disabilities, hennai+ 7viii, National 2nstit-te for Aental $ealth and &ciences, Bangalore+ 7i5, 2ndian &ign Dang-age Research and Training entre, New Delhi" Ae!bers, e5 officio" 7r, Ae!bers to be no!inated b( the entral 'overn!ent6 7i, five Ae!bers who are e5)erts in the field of disabilit( and rehabilitation+ 7ii, ten Ae!bers, as far as )racticable, being )ersons with disabilities, to re)resent Non0'overn!ental 3rganisations concerned with disabilities or disabled )ersons organi:ations6 Provided that o-t of the ten Ae!bers no!inated, at least, five Ae!ber shall be wo!en and at least one )erson each shall be fro! &ched-led astes and &ched-led Tribes+ 7iii, -)to three re)resentatives of national level cha!bers of co!!erce and ind-str(, 7s, 8oint &ecretar( to the 'overn!ent of 2ndia dealing with the s-bCect of disabilit( )olic(, Ae!ber0&ecretar(, e5 officio"

-erm of office of 'embers
*0"71, &ave as otherwise )rovided -nder this Act, a Ae!ber of the entral Advisor( Board no!inated -nder cla-se 7r, of s-b0section 72, of section =? shall hold office for a ter! of three (ears fro! the date of his no!ination6 Provided that s-ch a Ae!ber shall, notwithstanding the e5)iration of his ter!, contin-e to hold office -ntil his s-ccessor enters -)on his office" 72, The entral 'overn!ent !a( if it thin.s fit re!ove an( Ae!ber no!inated -nder cla-se 7r, of s-b0section 72, of section =?, before the e5)ir( of his ter! of office after giving hi! a reasonable o))ort-nit( of showing ca-se against the sa!e" 73, A Ae!ber no!inated -nder cla-se 7r, of s-b0section 72, of section =? !a( at an( ti!e resign his office b( writing -nder his hand, addressed to the entral 'overn!ent and the seat of the said Ae!ber shall there-)on beco!e vacant" 7@, A cas-al vacanc( in the entral Advisor( Board shall be filled b( a fresh no!ination and the )erson no!inated to fill the vacanc( shall hold office onl( for the re!ainder of the ter! for which the Ae!ber in whose )lace he was so no!inated" 7=, A Ae!ber no!inated -nder s-b0cla-se 7i, or s-b0cla-se 7iii, of cla-se 7r, s-b0section 72, of section =? shall be eligible for reno!ination"

7*, The Ae!bers no!inated -nder s-b0cla-se 7i, and s-b0cla-se 7ii, of cla-se 7r, of s-b0section 72, of section =? shall receive s-ch allowances as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent"

Disqualification
*1"71, No )erson shall be a Ae!ber of the entral Advisor( Board, who0 7a, is, or at an( ti!e has been, adC-dged insolvent or has s-s)ended )a(!ent of his debts or has co!)o-nded with his creditors, or 7b, is of -nso-nd !ind and stands so declared b( a co!)etent co-rt, or 7c, is or has been convicted of an offence which, in the o)inion of the entral 'overn!ent, involves !oral t-r)it-de, or 7d, is or at an( ti!e has been convicted of an offence -nder this Act, or 7e, has so ab-sed his )osition in the o)inion of the entral 'overn!ent as a Ae!ber so as to render his contin-ance in the office is )reC-dicial interests of the general )-blic"

/acation of seats by 'embers
72, No order of re!oval shall be !ade b( the entral 'overn!ent -nder this section -nless the Ae!ber concerned has been given a reasonable o))ort-nit( of showing ca-se against the sa!e" 73, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in s-b0section 71, or s-b0section 7=, of section *0, a Ae!ber who has been re!oved -nder this section shall not be eligible for reno!ination as a Ae!ber" *2" 2f a Ae!ber of the entral Advisor( Board beco!es s-bCect to an( of the dis1-alifications s)ecified in section *1, his seat shall beco!e vacant"

'eetin#s of the Central "dvisory .oard
*3" The entral Advisor( Board shall !eet at least once in ever( si5 !onths and shall observe s-ch r-les of )roced-re in regard to the transaction of b-siness at its !eetings as !a( be )rescribed"

+unctions of Central "dvisory .oard on disability
*@"71, &-bCect to the )rovision of this Act, the entral Advisor( Board on disabilit( shall be the national0level cons-ltative and advisor( bod( on disabilit( !atters, and shall facilitate the contin-o-s evol-tion of a co!)rehensive )olic( for the e!)ower!ent of )ersons with disabilities and the f-ll enCo(!ent of rights"

72, 2n )artic-lar and witho-t )reC-dice to the generalit( of the foregoing )rovisions, the entral Advisor( Board on disabilit( shall )erfor! the following f-nctions, na!el(60 7a, advise entral 'overn!ent and &tate 'overn!ents on )olicies, )rogra!!es, legislation and )roCects with res)ect to disabilit(+ 7b, develo) a national )olic( to address iss-es concerning )ersons with disabilities+ 7c, review and coordinate the activities of all De)art!ents of the 'overn!ent and other 'overn!ental and non0'overn!ental 3rgani:ations which are dealing with !atters relating to )ersons with disabilities+ 7d, ta.e -) the ca-se of )ersons with disabilities with the concerned a-thorities and the international organi:ations with a view to )rovide for sche!es and )roCects for the )ersons with disabilities in the national )lans+ 7e, reco!!end ste)s to ens-re accessibilit(, reasonable acco!!odation, non0 discri!ination for )ersons with disabilities vis0I0vis infor!ation, services and the b-ilt environ!ent and their )artici)ation in social life+ 7f, !onitor and eval-ate the i!)act of laws, )olicies and )rogra!!es to achieve f-ll )artici)ation of )ersons with disabilities+ and 7g, s-ch other f-nctions as !a( be assigned fro! ti!e to ti!e b( the entral 'overn!ent"

State "dvisory .oard on disability
*="71, %ver( &tate 'overn!ent shall, b( notification, constit-te a bod( to be .nown as the &tate Advisor( Board on disabilit( to e5ercise the )owers conferred on, and to )erfor! the f-nction assigned to it, -nder this Act" 72, The &tate Advisor( Board shall consist of60 7a, the Ainister in charge of the De)art!ent in the &tate 'overn!ent dealing with disabilit( !atters, hair)erson, e5 officio+ 7b,the Ainister of &tate or the De)-t( Ainister in charge of the De)art!ent in the &tate 'overn!ent dealing with disabilit( !atters, if an(, Gice0 hair)erson, e5 officio+ 7c, secretaries to the &tate 'overn!ent in charge of the De)art!ents of Disabilit( Affairs, &chool %d-cation, Diterac( and $igher %d-cation, #o!en and hild Develo)!ent, Binance, Personnel and Training, $ealth and Ba!il( #elfare, R-ral Develo)!ent, Pancha(ati RaC, 2nd-strial Polic( and Pro!otion, Dabo-r and %!)lo(!ent, Urban Develo)!ent, $o-sing and Urban Povert( Alleviation, &cience and Technolog(, 2nfor!ation Technolog(, P-blic %nter)rises, Ho-th Affairs and &)orts, Road Trans)ort and an( other De)art!ent, which the &tate 'overn!ent considers necessar(, Ae!bers, e5 officio+ 7d, three Ae!bers of the &tate Degislat-re of who! two shall be elected b( the Degislative Asse!bl( and one b( the Degislative o-ncil, if an( and where there

is no Degislative o-ncil, three Ae!bers shall be elected b( the Degislative Asse!bl(, Ae!bers, e5 officio+ 7e, Ae!bers to be no!inated b( the &tate 'overn!ent60 7i, five Ae!bers who are e5)erts in the field of disabilit( and rehabilitation+ 7ii, five Ae!bers to be no!inated b( the &tate 'overn!ent b( rotation to re)resent the districts in s-ch !anner as !a( be )rescribed6 Provided that no no!ination -nder this s-b0cla-se shall be !ade e5ce)t on the reco!!endation of the district ad!inistration concerned+ 7iii, ten )ersons as far as )racticable, being )ersons with disabilities, to re)resent Non 'overn!ental 3rganisations or associations which are concerned with disabilities6 Provided that o-t of the ten )ersons no!inated -nder this cla-se, at least, five shall be wo!en and at least one )erson each shall be fro! the &ched-led astes and the &ched-led Tribes+ 7iv, not !ore than three re)resentatives of the &tate ha!ber of o!!erce and 2nd-str(+ 7f, officer not below the ran. of 8oint &ecretar( in the De)art!ent dealing with disabilit( !atters in the &tate 'overn!ent, Ae!ber0&ecretar(, e5 officio"

-erms and conditions of service of 'embers
**"71, &ave as otherwise )rovided -nder this Act, a Ae!ber of &tate Advisor( Board no!inated -nder cla-se 7e, of s-b section 2 of section *= shall hold office for a ter! of three (ears fro! the date of his no!ination6 Provided that s-ch a Ae!ber shall, notwithstanding the e5)iration of his ter!, contin-e to hold office -ntil his s-ccessor enters -)on his office" 72, The &tate 'overn!ent !a( if it thin.s fit re!ove an( Ae!ber no!inated -nder cla-se 7e, of s-b0section 72, of section *=, before the e5)ir( of his ter! of office after giving hi! a reasonable o))ort-nit( of showing ca-se against the sa!e" 73, A Ae!ber no!inated -nder cla-se 7e, of s-b0section 72, of section *= !a( at an( ti!e resign his office b( writing -nder his hand, addressed to the &tate 'overn!ent and the seat of the said Ae!ber shall there-)on beco!e vacant" 7@, A cas-al vacanc( in the &tate Advisor( Board shall be filled b( a fresh no!ination and the )erson no!inated to fill the vacanc( shall hold office onl( for the re!ainder of the ter! for which the Ae!ber in whose )lace he was so no!inated" 7=, A Ae!ber no!inated -nder s-b0cla-se 7i, or s-b0cla-se 7iii, of cla-se 7e, of s-b0section 72, of section *= shall be eligible for reno!ination"

7*, the Ae!bers no!inated -nder s-b0cla-se 7i, and s-b0cla-se 7ii, of cla-se 7e, s-b0section 72, of section *= shall receive s-ch allowances as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

Disqualification
*4"7 1, No )erson shall be a Ae!ber of the &tate Advisor( Board, who0 7a, is, or at an( ti!e has been, adC-dged insolvent or has s-s)ended )a(!ent of his debts or has co!)o-nded with his creditors, or 7b, is of -nso-nd !ind and stands so declared b( a co!)etent co-rt, or 7c, is or has been convicted of an offence which, in the o)inion of the &tate 'overn!ent, involves !oral t-r)it-de, or 7d, is or at an( ti!e has been convicted of an offence -nder this Act, or 7e, has so ab-sed in the o)inion of the &tate 'overn!ent his )osition as a Ae!ber as to render his contin-ance in the &tate Advisor( Board detri!ental to the interests of the general )-blic" 72, No order of re!oval shall be !ade b( the &tate 'overn!ent -nder this section -nless the Ae!ber concerned has been given a reasonable o))ort-nit( of showing ca-se against the sa!e" 73, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in s-b0section 71, or s-bJsection 7=, of section **, a Ae!ber who has been re!oved -nder this section shall not be eligible for reno!ination as a Ae!ber"

/acation of seats
*>" 2f a Ae!ber of the &tate Advisor( Board beco!es s-bCect to an( of the dis1-alifications s)ecified in section *4 his seat shall beco!e vacant"

'eetin#s of State "dvisory .oard on disability
*?" The &tate Advisor( Board shall !eet at least once in ever( si5 !onths and shall observe s-ch r-les or )roced-re in regard to the transaction of b-siness at its !eetings as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

+unctions of State "dvisory .oard on disability
40"71, &-bCect to the )rovisions of this Act, the &tate Advisor( Board shall be the &tate0level cons-ltative and advisor( bod( on disabilit( !atters, and shall facilitate the contin-o-s evol-tion of a co!)rehensive )olic( for the e!)ower!ent of )ersons with disabilities and the f-ll enCo(!ent of rights"

72, 2n )artic-lar and witho-t )reC-dice to the generalit( of the foregoing )rovisions, the &tate Advisor( Board on disabilit( shall )erfor! the following f-nctions na!el(60 7a, advise &tate 'overn!ent on )olicies, )rogra!!es, legislation and )roCects with res)ect to disabilit(+ 7b, develo) a &tate )olic( to address iss-es concerning )ersons with disabilities+ 7c, review and coordinate the activities of all De)art!ents of the &tate 'overn!ent and other 'overn!ental and Non0'overn!ental 3rgani:ations in the &tate which are dealing with !atters relating to )ersons with disabilities" 7d, ta.e -) the ca-se of )ersons with disabilities with the concerned a-thorities and the international organi:ations with a view to )rovide for sche!es and )roCects for" the )ersons with disabilities in the &tate )lans+ 7e, reco!!end ste)s to ens-re accessibilit(, reasonable acco!!odation, non0 discri!ination for )ersons with disabilities, services and the b-ilt environ!ent and their )artici)ation in social life on an e1-al basis with others+ 7f, !onitor and eval-ate the i!)act of laws, )olicies and )rogra!!es designed to achieve f-ll )artici)ation of )ersons with disabilities+ and 7g, s-ch other f-nctions as !a( be assigned fro! ti!e to ti!e b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

District-level Committee on disability
41" The &tate 'overn!ent shall constit-te the District0level disabilit( to )erfor! s-ch f-nctions as !a( be )rescribed b( it" o!!ittee on

/acancies not to invalidate proceedin#s
42" No act or )roceeding of the entral Advisor( Board on disabilit(, a &tate Advisor( Board on disabilit(, or a District0Devel o!!ittee on disabilit( shall be called in 1-estion on the gro-nd !erel( of the e5istence of an( vacanc( in or an( defect in the constit-tion of s-ch Board or o!!ittee as the case !a( be"

CHAPTER 12 NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Constitution of &ational Commission for persons ,ith disabilities
43"7 1, The entral 'overn!ent shall, b( notification, constit-te a bod( to be .nown as the National o!!ission for )ersons with disabilities to e5ercise the )owers conferred -)on and to )erfor! the following f-nctions, na!el(60 7a, identif(, s-o !ot- or otherwise, )rovisions of an( law, )olicies, )rogra!!es and )roced-res, which are inconsistent with this Act, and reco!!end necessar( corrective ste)s+ 7b, in1-ire, s-o !ot- or otherwise with res)ect to de)rivation of rights of )ersons with disabilities and safeg-ards available to the! in res)ect of !atters for which the entral 'overn!ent is the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and ta.e -) the !atter with the a))ro)riate a-thorities for corrective action+ 7c, review the safeg-ards )rovided b( or -nder this Act or an( other law for the ti!e being in force for the )rotection of rights of )ersons with disabilities and reco!!end !eas-res for their effective i!)le!entation+ 7d, review the factors that inhibit the enCo(!ent of rights of )ersons with disabilities and reco!!end a))ro)riate re!edial !eas-res+ 7e, st-d( treaties and other international instr-!ents on the rights of )ersons with disabilities and !a.e reco!!endations for their effective i!)le!entation+ 7f, -nderta.e and )ro!ote research in the field of the rights of )ersons with disabilities+ 7g, )ro!ote awareness of the rights of )ersons with disabilities and the safeg-ards available for their )rotection+ 7h, !onitor i!)le!entation of the )rovisions of this Act and sche!es, )rogra!!es !eant for )ersons with disabilities+ 7i, !onitor -tili:ation of f-nds disb-rsed b( the entral 'overn!ent for the benefit of )ersons with disabilities+ and 7C, s-ch other f-nctions as the entral 'overn!ent !a( assign" 72, The National o!!ission shall consist of a hair)erson who is a )erson of e!inence with a disting-ished record of service of not less than twent(0five (ears in the field of disabilit(, and two Ae!bers with disting-ished record of service of not less than twent( (ears in the field of rehabilitation, advocac(, law, !anage!ent and technolog( concerning disabilit( !atters6 Provided that o-t of the two Ae!bers, one Ae!ber shall be a )erson with disabilit(" 73, The head office of the National o!!ission shall be in the National a)ital Region, Delhi"

Selection and appointment of Chairperson and 'embers
4@"71, The entral 'overn!ent shall, for the )-r)ose of selection of the hair)erson and the Ae!bers of the National o!!ission, constit-te a &election o!!ittee consisting of0 7a, abinet &ecretar(0 hair)erson+ 7b, &ecretar( in charge of the Ainistr( or the De)art!ent res)onsible for ad!inistration of this Act as the convener0Ae!ber+ 7c, &ecretar( in charge of the Ainistries or the De)art!ents of the entral 'overn!ent dealing with health and )ersonnel0 Ae!bers+ 7d, two e5)erts in the field of e!)ower!ent and rehabilitation of )ersons with disabilit( !atters as !a( be no!inated b( the entral 'overn!ent0 Ae!bers" 72, The entral 'overn!ent shall, within two !onths fro! the date of occ-rrence of an( vacanc( b( reason of death, resignation or re!oval of the hair)erson or a Ae!ber of National o!!ission and three !onths before the s-)erann-ation or co!)letion of the ter! of office of the hair)erson or an( Ae!ber of that o!!ission, !a.e a reference to the &election o!!ittee for filling -) of the vacanc(" 73, The &election o!!ittee shall finalise the selection of the hair)erson and Ae!bers of the National o!!ission within two !onths fro! the date on which the reference is !ade to it" 7@, The &election o!!ittee shall reco!!end a )anel of two na!es for ever( vacanc( referred to it" 7=, The &election o!!ittee, before reco!!ending an( )erson for a))oint!ent as a hair)erson or other Ae!ber of the National o!!ission, shall satisf( itself that s-ch )erson does not have an( financial or other interest, which is li.el( to affect )reC-diciall( his f-nctions as a Ae!ber" 7*, No a))oint!ent of the hair)erson or other Ae!ber of the National o!!ission shall be invalid !erel( b( reason of an( vacanc( in the &election o!!ittee"

-erm of office of Chairperson and 'embers
4="71, The hair)erson and a Ae!ber of the National o!!ission shall of hair)erson hold office for a ter! of three (ears fro! the date on which he enters -)on his and Ae!bers" office or -ntil he attains the age of si5t(0 five (ears, whichever is earlier and shall be eligible for rea))oint!ent for another ter! of three (ears" 72, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in s-b section 71,, the hair)erson or an( Ae!ber !a(0 7a, relin1-ish his office b( giving in writing to the entral 'overn!ent a notice of not less than three !onths+ or 7b, be re!oved fro! his office in accordance with the )rovisions of section 4*"

!emoval of Chairperson and 'embers
4*"71, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in s-b0section 71, of section 4=, the entral 'overn!ent !a(, b( order, re!ove fro! office the hair)erson or an( other Ae!bers, if the hair)erson or as the case !a( be, s-ch other Ae!ber,0 7a, has been adC-dged an insolvent+ or 7b, has been convicted of an offence which, in the o)inion of the entral 'overn!ent, involves !oral t-r)it-de+ or 7c, has beco!e )h(sicall( or !entall( inca)able of acting as a Ae!ber+ or 7d, has ac1-ired s-ch financial or other interests as is li.el( to affect )reC-diciall( his f-nctions as a Ae!ber+ or 7e, has so ab-sed his )osition as to render his contin-ance in office )reC-dicial to the )-blic interest" 72, No Ae!ber shall be re!oved -nder cla-ses 7d, and 7e, of s-b0section 71, -nless he has been given a reasonable o))ort-nit( of being heard in the !atter"

'ember to act as Chairperson or to dischar#e his functions in certain circumstances
44"71, 2n the event of an( vacanc( in the office of the hair)erson b( reason of his death, resignation or otherwise, the entral 'overn!ent !a( designate the senior !ost Ae!ber to act as the hair)erson -ntil the da( on which a hair)erson, a))ointed in accordance with the )rovisions of this Act to fill s-ch vacanc(, enters -)on his office" 72, #hen the hair)erson is -nable to discharge his f-nctions owing to absence, illness or an( other ca-se, the entral 'overn!ent !a( a-thorise the senior !ost Ae!ber to discharge the f-nctions of the hair)erson -ntil the date on which the hair)erson res-!es his d-ties" 73, The senior0!ost Ae!ber designated to act -nder s-b0section 71, or to discharge f-nctions of the hair)erson -nder s-b0section 72,, of the hair)erson shall contin-e to draw salar( and allowances of a Ae!ber"

-erms and conditions of service of Chairperson and 'embers
4>" The salaries and allowances )a(able to, and the other ter!s and conditions of service of, the hair)erson and Ae!bers of the National o!!ission shall be s-ch as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent6 Provided that neither the salar( and allowances nor the other ter!s and conditions of service of the hair)erson or a Ae!ber shall be varied to his disadvantage after his a))oint!ent"

/acancies, etc. not to invalidate the proceedin#s of &ational Commission
4?" No act or )roceeding of the National o!!ission shall be invalid !erel( b( reason of60 7a, an( vacanc( in, or an( defect in the constit-tion of, the National o!!ission+ or 7b, an( defect in the a))oint!ent of a )erson acting as a Ae!ber of the National o!!ission+ or 7c, an( irreg-larit( in the )roced-re of the National o!!ission not affecting the !erits of the case"

Procedure for &ational Commission
>0"71, The National o!!ission shall !eet at s-ch ti!e and )lace as the hair)erson !a( thin. fit" 72, &-bCect to the )rovisions of this Act and the r-les !ade there -nder, the National o!!ission shall have the )ower to la( down, b( reg-lations, its own )roced-re" 73, All orders and decisions of the National o!!ission shall be a-thenticated b( the &ecretar( or an( other officer of the National o!!ission d-l( a-thorised b( the hair)erson in this behalf"

)fficers and other staff of &ational Commission
>1"71, The entral 'overn!ent shall !a.e available to the National o!!ission an officer of the ran. of an Additional &ecretar( to the 'overn!ent of 2ndia who shall be the &ecretar( to the National o!!ission" 72, &-bCect to s-ch r-les as !a( be !ade b( the entral 'overn!ent in this behalf, the National o!!ission !a( a))oint s-ch other ad!inistrative and technical officers and staff as it !a( consider necessar(" 73, The salaries, allowances and conditions of service of the officers and other staff a))ointed -nder s-b0section 72, shall be s-ch as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent"

-ransfer of service of existin# employees
>2" &-bCect to the )rovisions of this Act, ever( )erson e!)lo(ed in the 3ffice of hief o!!issioner for )ersons with disabilities constit-ted -nder section =4 of the Persons with Disabilities 7%1-al 3))ort-nities, Protection of Rights and B-ll Partici)ation, Act, 1??= i!!ediatel( before the date of establish!ent of the National o!!ission shall, on and fro! s-ch date, beco!e an e!)lo(ee of the National o!!ission with s-ch designation as the National o!!ission !a(

deter!ine and shall hold his office or service therein b( the sa!e ten-re, at the sa!e re!-neration and -)on the sa!e ter!s and conditions as he wo-ld have held on s-ch date if the National o!!ission had not been established and shall contin-e to do so -nless and -ntil his e!)lo(!ent in the National o!!ission is ter!inated or -ntil s-ch ten-re, re!-neration and ter!s and conditions are d-l( altered b( the National o!!ission6 7Re!ar.s 6 1 of 1??*, Provided that the ten-re, re!-neration and ter!s and conditions of service of an( s-ch )erson shall not be altered to his disadvantage witho-t the )revio-s a))roval of the entral 'overn!ent"

"ction by appropriate authorities on recommendation of the &ational Commission
>3" #henever the National o!!ission !a.es a reco!!endation to an a-thorit( in )-rs-ance of cla-se 7b, of s-b0section 71, of section 43, that a-thorit( shall ta.e necessar( action on it, and infor! the o!!ission of the action ta.en within three !onths fro! the date of recei)t of the reco!!endation6 Provided that where an a-thorit( does not acce)t a reco!!endation, it shall conve( reasons for non acce)tance to the National o!!ission within the )eriod of three !onths, and shall also infor! the aggrieved )erson"

&ational Commission to have certain po,ers of civil court
>@"71, The National o!!ission shall, for the )-r)ose of discharging its f-nctions -nder this Act, have the sa!e )owers of a civil co-rt as are vested in a co-rt -nder the ode of ivil Proced-re, 1?0> while tr(ing a s-it, in res)ect of the following !atters, na!el(60 7Re!ar.s 6 = of 1??>, 7aK s-!!oning and enforcing the attendance of witnesses+ 7b, re1-iring the discover( and )rod-ction of an( doc-!ent+ 7c, re1-isitioning an( )-blic record or co)( thereof fro! an( co-rt or office+ 7d, receiving evidence on affidavits+ and 7e, iss-ing co!!issions for the e5a!ination of witnesses or doc-!ents" 72, %ver( )roceeding before the National o!!ission shall be a C-dicial )roceeding within the !eaning of sections 1?3 and 22> of the 2ndian Penal ode and the National o!!ission shall be dee!ed to be a civil co-rt for the )-r)oses of section 1?= and ha)ter LLG2 of the ode of ri!inal Proced-re, 1?43" 7Re!ar.s 6 @= of 1>*0 M 2 of 1?4@,

"nnual and special reports of &ational Commission
>="71, The National o!!ission shall s-b!it an ann-al re)ort to the entral 'overn!ent and !a( at an( ti!e s-b!it s)ecial re)orts on an( !atter which, in its o)inion, is of s-ch -rgenc( or i!)ortance that it shall not be deferred till s-b!ission of the ann-al re)ort" 72, The entral 'overn!ent shall ca-se the ann-al and s)ecial re)orts of the National o!!ission to be laid before each $o-se of Parlia!ent, along with a !e!orand-! of action ta.en or )ro)osed to be ta.en on the reco!!endations of the o!!ission and the reasons for non0acce)tance of the reco!!endations, if an(" 73, The ann-al and s)ecial re)orts shall be )re)ared in s-ch for!, !anner and contain s-ch details as !a( be )rescribed b( the entral 'overn!ent"

CHAPTR 13 STATE COMMISSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Constitution of State Commission for persons ,ith disabilities
>*"71, A &tate 'overn!ent shall constit-te a bod( to be .nown as the &tate o!!ission for )ersons with disabilities or two or !ore &tates on !-t-al consent can have one o!!ission in res)ect of their &tates to e5ercise the )owers conferred -)on and to )erfor! the following f-nctions na!el(60 7a, identif(, s-o !ot-, or otherwise, )rovisions of an( law, )olicies, )rogra!!es and )roced-res of the &tate 'overn!ent , which are inconsistent with the )rovisions of this Act, and reco!!end necessar( corrective ste)s+ 7b, in1-ire, s-o !ot- or otherwise, with res)ect to de)rivation of rights of )ersons with disabilities and safeg-ards available to the!, in res)ect of !atters for which the &tate 'overn!ent is the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent and ta.e -) the !atter with the a))ro)riate a-thorities for corrective action+ 7c, review the safeg-ards )rovided b( or -nder this Act or an( other law for the ti!e being in force for the )rotection of rights of )ersons with disabilities and reco!!end !eas-res for their effective i!)le!entation+ 7d, review the factors that inhibit the enCo(!ent of rights of )ersons with disabilities and reco!!end a))ro)riate re!edial !eas-res+ 7e, -nderta.e and )ro!ote research in the field of the rights of )ersons with disabilities+ 7f, )ro!ote awareness of the rights of )ersons with disabilities arid the safeg-ards available for their )rotection+ 7g, !onitor i!)le!entation of the )rovisions of this Act and sche!es, )rogra!!es !eant for )ersons with disabilities+

7h, !onitor -tili:ation of f-nds disb-rsed b( the &tate 'overn!ent for the benefit of )ersons with disabilities+ and 7i, s-ch other f-nctions as !a( be assigned b( the &tate 'overn!ent fro! ti!e to ti!e" 72, The &tate o!!ission shall consist of a hair)erson who is a )erson of e!inence, with a disting-ished record of service of not less than twent( (ears in the field of disabilit(, and two Ae!bers, with disting-ished record of service of not less than fifteen (ears in the field of rehabilitation, advocac(, law, !anage!ent, technolog( concerning disabilit( !atters6 Provided that o-t of the two Ae!bers, one Ae!ber shall be a )erson with disabilit(" 73, The head1-arters of the &tate o!!ission shall be at s-ch )lace as the &tate 'overn!ent !a(, b( notification, s)ecif("

Selection and appointment of its Chairpersons and 'embers
>4"71, The &tate 'overn!ent shall, for the )-r)ose of selection of the hair)erson and the Ae!bers of the &tate o!!ission, constit-te a &election o!!ittee consisting of0 7a, hief &ecretar(0 hair)erson+ 7b, &ecretar( in charge of the Ainistr( or the De)art!ent res)onsible for ad!inistration of this Act as the convener 0 Ae!ber+ 7c, &ecretar( in charge of the De)art!ents of the &tate 'overn!ent dealing with $ealth, and Personnel0 Ae!bers+ 7d, two e5)erts in the field of rehabilitation of )ersons with disabilit( !atters as !a( be no!inated b( the &tate 'overn!ent0 Ae!ber" 72, The &tate 'overn!ent shall, within two !onths fro! the date of occ-rrence of an( vacanc( b( reason of death, resignation or re!oval of the hair)erson or a Ae!ber of &tate o!!ission and three !onths before the s-)erann-ation or co!)letion of the ter! of office of the hair)erson or an( Ae!ber of that o!!ission, !a.e a reference to the &election o!!ittee for filling -) of the vacanc(" 73, The &election o!!ittee shall finalise the selection of the hair)erson and Ae!bers of the &tate o!!ission within two !onths fro! the date on which the reference is !ade to it" 7@, The &election o!!ittee shall reco!!end a )anel of two na!es for ever( vacanc( referred to it"

7=, Before reco!!ending an( )erson for a))oint!ent as a hair)erson or other Ae!ber of the &tate o!!ission, the &election o!!ittee shall satisf( itself that s-ch )erson does not have an( financial or other interest, which is li.el( to affect )reC-diciall( his f-nctions as a Ae!ber" 7*, No a))oint!ent of the hair)erson or other Ae!ber of &tate o!!ission shall be invalid !erel( b( reason of an( vacanc( in the &election o!!ittee"

-erm of office of Chairperson and 'embers
>>"71, The hair)erson and Ae!bers of the &tate o!!ission shall hold office for a ter! of three (ears fro! the date on which he enters -)on his office or -ntil he attains the age of si5t(0five (ears, whichever is earlier and shall be eligible for rea))oint!ent for another ter! of three (ears" 72, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in s-b section 71,, the hair)erson or an( Ae!ber !a(0 7a, relin1-ish his office b( giving in writing to the &tate 'overn!ent a notice of not less than three !onths+ or 7b, be re!oved fro! his office in accordance with the )rovisions of section >?"

!emoval of Chairperson and 'embers
>?"71, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in s-b0section 71, of section >>, the &tate 'overn!ent !a(, b( order, re!ove fro! office the hair)erson or an( other Ae!bers, if the hair)erson or as the case !a( be, s-ch other Ae!ber,0 7a, has been adC-dged an insolvent+ or 7b, has been convicted of an offence which, in the o)inion of the &tate 'overn!ent, involves !oral t-r)it-de+ or 7c, has beco!e )h(sicall( or !entall( inca)able of acting as a Ae!ber, or 7d, has ac1-ired s-ch financial or other interests as is li.el( to affect )reC-diciall( his f-nctions as a Ae!ber+ or 7e, has so ab-sed his )osition as to render his contin-ance in office )reC-dicial to the )-blic interest" 72, No Ae!ber shall be re!oved -nder cla-ses 7d, and 7e, of s-b0section 71, -nless he has been given a reasonable o))ort-nit( of being heard in the !atter"

'ember to act as Chairperson or to dischar#e his functions in certain circumstances
?0"71, 2n the event of an( vacanc( in the office of the hair)erson b( reason of his death, resignation or otherwise, the &tate 'overn!ent !a( designate the senior !ost Ae!ber to act as the hair)erson -ntil the da( on which a

hair)erson, a))ointed in accordance with the )rovisions of this Act to fill s-ch vacanc(, enters -)on his office" 72, #hen the hair)erson is -nable to discharge his f-nctions owing to absence, illness or an( other ca-se, the &tate 'overn!ent !a( a-thorise the senior !ost Ae!ber to discharge the f-nctions of the hair)erson -ntil the date on which the hair)erson res-!es his d-ties" 73, The senior0!ost Ae!ber designated to act -nder s-b0section 71, or to discharge f-nctions of the hair)erson -nder s-b0section 72,, of the hair)erson shall contin-e to draw salar( and allowances of a Ae!ber"

-erms and conditions of service of Chairperson and 'embers
?1" The salaries and allowances )a(able to, and the other ter!s and conditions of service of the hair)erson and Ae!bers of the &tate o!!ission shall be s-ch as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent6 Provided that neither the salar( and allowances nor the other ter!s and conditions of service of the hair)erson or a Ae!ber shall be varied to his disadvantage after his a))oint!ent"

/acancies not to invalidate the proceedin#s of State Commission
?2" No act or )roceeding of the &tate o!!ission shall be invalid !erel( b( reason of0 7a, an( vacanc( in, or an( defect in the constit-tion of, the &tate o!!ission+ or 7b, an( defect in the a))oint!ent of a )erson acting as a Ae!ber of the &tate o!!ission+ or 7c, an( irreg-larit( in the )roced-re of the &tate o!!ission not affecting the !erits of the case"

Procedure for State Commission
?3"71, The &tate o!!ission shall !eet at s-ch ti!e and )lace as the hair)erson !a( thin. fit" 72, &-bCect to the )rovisions of this Act and the r-les !ade there-nder, the &tate o!!ission shall have the )owers to la( down, b( reg-lations, its own )roced-re" 73, All orders and decisions of the &tate o!!ission shall be a-thenticated b( the &ecretar( or an( other officer of the &tate o!!ission d-l( a-thorised b( the hair)erson in this behalf"

)fficers and other staff of State Commission.
?@"71, The &tate 'overn!ent shall !a.e available to the &tate o!!ission an officer of the ran. of Additional &ecretar( to the &tate 'overn!ent who shall be the &ecretar( to the o!!ission" 72, &-bCect to s-ch Riles as !a( be !ade b( the &tate 'overn!ent in this behalf, the o!!ission !a( a))oint s-ch other ad!inistrative and technical officers and staff as it !a( consider necessar(" 73, The salaries, allowances and conditions of service of the officers and other staff a))ointed -nder s-b0section 72, shall be s-ch as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

-ransfer of service of existin# employees to State Commission.
?=" &-bCect to the )rovisions of this Act, ever( )erson e!)lo(ed in the 3ffice of &tate o!!issioner for )ersons with disabilities constit-ted -nder the section *0 of the Persons with Disabilities 7%1-al 3))ort-nities, Protection of Rights and B-ll Partici)ation, Act, 1??= Act i!!ediatel( before the date of establish!ent of the &tate o!!ission shall, on and fro! s-ch date beco!es an e!)lo(ee of the &tate o!!ission with s-ch designation as the &tate o!!ission !a( deter!ine and shall hold his office or service therein b( the sa!e ten-re, at the sa!e re!-neration and -)on the sa!e ter!s and conditions as he wo-ld have held on s-ch date if the &tate o!!ission had not been established and shall contin-e to do so -nless and -ntil his e!)lo(!ent in the &tate o!!ission is ter!inated or -ntil s-ch ten-re, re!-neration and ter!s and conditions are d-l( altered b( the &tate o!!ission6 Provided that the ten-re, re!-neration and ter!s and conditions of service of an( s-ch )erson shall not be altered to his disadvantage witho-t the a))roval of the entral 'overn!ent" 7Re!ar.s 6 1 of 1??*",

"nnual and special reports of State Commission
?*"71, The &tate o!!ission shall s-b!it an ann-al re)ort to the &tate 'overn!ent and !a( at an( ti!e s-b!it s)ecial re)orts on an( !atter which, in its o)inion, is of s-ch -rgenc( or i!)ortance that it shall not be deferred till s-b!ission of the ann-al re)ort" 72, The &tate 'overn!ent shall ca-se the ann-al and s)ecial re)orts of the &tate o!!ission to be laid before each $o-se of &tate Degislat-re where it consists of two $o-ses, or where s-ch Degislat-re consists of one $o-se, before that $o-se along with a !e!orand-! of action ta.en or )ro)osed to be ta.en

on the reco!!endations of the &tate o!!ission and the reasons for non0 acce)tance of the reco!!endations, if an(" 73, The ann-al and s)ecial re)orts shall be )re)ared in s-ch for!, !anner and contain s-ch details as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

-ransitory provisions
?4" The hief o!!issioner for )ersons with disabilities and the &tate o!!issioners for )ersons with disabilities a))ointed -nder the Persons with Disabilities 7%1-al 3))ort-nities, Protection of Rights and B-ll Partici)ation, Act, 1??=, shall contin-e to so f-nction and e5ercise the )owers conferred on the! -nder that Act, -ntil the National o!!ission and the &tate o!!ission are constit-ted -nder this Act, b-t on the constit-tion of the National o!!ission and the &tate o!!ission, as the case !a( be, the hief o!!issioner for )ersons with disabilities and the &tate o!!issioners for )ersons with disabilities shall cease to hold office" 7Re!ar.s6 1 of 1??*,

CHAPTER 14 SPECIAL COURT
Special Court
?>" Bor the )-r)ose of )roviding s)eed( trail, the &tate 'overn!ent shall, with the conc-rrence of the hief 8-stice of the $igh o-rt, b( notification, s)ecif( for each district, a o-rt of &ession to be a &)ecial o-rt to tr( the offences -nder this Act"

Special public prosecutor
??"71, Bor ever( &)ecial o-rt, the &tate 'overn!ent !a(, b( notification, s)ecif( a P-blic Prosec-tor or a))oint an advocate, who has been in )ractice as an advocate for not less than seven (ears, as a &)ecial P-blic Prosec-tor for the )-r)ose of cond-cting cases in that o-rt" 72, The &)ecial P-blic Prosec-tor a))ointed -nder s-b0section 71, shall be entitled to receive s-ch fees or re!-neration as !a( be )rescribed b( the &tate 'overn!ent"

CHAPTER 15 NATIONAL FUND FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
&ational +und for persons ,ith disabilities
100"71, There shall be constit-ted a B-nd to be called the National B-nd for )ersons with disabilities and there shall be credited thereto0 7a, all s-!s available -nder the B-nd for )eo)le with disabilities, constit-ted vide notification no" &"3" =437%, dated 11th A-g-st, 1?>3 and the Tr-st B-nd for %!)ower!ent of Persons with Disabilities, constit-ted vide notification no 30003N200@0DD22 dated 21sO Nove!ber, 200*, -nder the haritable %ndow!ent Act, 1>?0" 7Re!ar.s 6 * of 1>?0, 7b, all s-!s )a(able b( ban.s, cor)orations, financial instit-tions in )-rs-ance of C-dg!ent dated the 1*th A)ril, 200@ of the $onOble &-)re!e o-rt in ivil A))eal No"@*== and =21> of 2000+ 7c, all s-!s received b( wa( of grant, gifts, donations, beneficiations, be1-ests or transfers+ 7d, all s-!s received fro! the entral 'overn!ent incl-ding grant0in0aid+ 7e, all s-!s fro! s-ch other so-rces as !a( be decided b( the 'overn!ent" entral

72, The B-nd for )ersons with disabilities shall be -tilised and !anaged in s-ch !anner as !a( be )rescribed"

"ccounts and audit
101"71, The entral 'overn!ent shall !aintain )ro)er acco-nts and other relevant records and )re)are an ann-al state!ent of acco-nts of the B-nd incl-ding the inco!e and e5)endit-re acco-nts in s-ch for! as !a( be )rescribed in cons-ltation with the o!)troller and A-ditor0'eneral of 2ndia" 72, The acco-nts of the B-nd shall be a-dited b( the o!)troller and A-ditor 'eneral of 2ndia at s-ch intervals as !a( be s)ecified b( hi! and an( e5)endit-re inc-rred b( hi! in connection with s-ch a-dit shall be )a(able fro! the B-nd to the o!)troller and A-ditor0'eneral of 2ndia" 73, The o!)troller and A-ditor0'eneral of 2ndia and an( other )erson a))ointed b( hi! in connection with the a-dit of the acco-nts of the B-nd shall have the sa!e rights, )rivileges and a-thorit( in connection with s-ch a-dit as

the o!)troller and A-ditor0'eneral of 2ndia generall( has in connection with the a-dit of the 'overn!ent acco-nts, and in )artic-lar, shall have the right to de!and )rod-ction of boo.s of acco-nts, connected vo-chers and other doc-!ents and )a)ers and to ins)ect an( of the offices of the B-nd" 7@, The acco-nts of the B-nd as certified b( the o!)troller and P A-ditor0 'eneral of 2ndia or an( other )erson a))ointed b( hi! in this behalf, together with the a-dit re)ort thereon, shall be laid before each $o-se of Parlia!ent b( the entral 'overn!ent"

Exemption from tax on ,ealth, income, profits and #ains
102" Notwithstanding an(thing contained in60 7i, the #ealth0ta5 Act, 1?=4, 7Re!ar.s 6 24 to 1?=4, 7ii, the 2nco!e0ta5 Act, 1?*1, or 7Re!ar.s6 @3 of 1?*1, 7iii, an( other law for the ti!e being in force relating to ta5 on wealth, inco!e, )rofits or gains, the B-nd shall not be liable to )a( #ealth0ta5, inco!e0ta5 or an( other ta5 in res)ect of its wealth, inco!e, )rofits or gains derived"

CHAPTER 16 OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
Punishment for contravention of provisions of "ct or rules or re#ulations made thereunder.
103" An( )erson who contravenes an( of the )rovisions of this Act, or of an( r-le or reg-lation !ade there-nder shall for first contravention be )-nishable with i!)rison!ent for a ter! which !a( e5tend to si5 !onths, or with a fine which !a( e5tend to ten tho-sand r-)ees or with both, and for an( s-bse1-ent contravention with i!)rison!ent for a ter! which !a( e5tend to two (ears or with fine which shall not be less than fift( tho-sand r-)ees b-t which !a( e5tend to five la.h r-)ees or with both"

)ffences by companies
10@" 71, #here an offence -nder this Act has been co!!itted b( a co!)an(, ever( )erson who at the ti!e the offence was co!!itted was in charge of, and was res)onsible to, the co!)an( for the cond-ct of the b-siness of the co!)an(, as well as the co!)an(, shall be dee!ed to be g-ilt( of the offence and shall be liable to be )roceeded against and )-nished accordingl(6

Provided that nothing contained in this s-b0section shall render an( s-ch )erson liable to an( )-nish!ent )rovided in this Act, if he )roves that the offence was co!!itted witho-t his .nowledge or that he has e5ercised all d-e diligence to )revent the co!!ission of s-ch offence" 72, Notwithstanding an(thing contained in s-b0section 71,, where an offence -nder this act has been co!!itted b( a co!)an( and it is )roved that the offence has been co!!itted with the consent or connivance of, or is attrib-table to, an( neglect on the )art of an( director, !anager, secretar( or other officer of the co!)an(, s-ch director, !anager, secretar( or other officer shall also be dee!ed to be g-ilt( of the offence and shall be liable to be )roceeded against and )-nished accordingl(" %5)lanation 0 Bor the )-r)oses of this section,0 7a, Fco!)an(F !eans an(bod( cor)orate and incl-des a fir! or other association of individ-als+ and 7b, FdirectorF, in relation to a fir!, !eans a )artner in the fir!"

Punishment for fraudulently availin# any benefit meant for persons ,ith disabilities.
10=" #hoever, fra-d-lentl( avails or atte!)ts to avail an( benefit !eant for )ersons with bench!ar. disabilities, shall be )-nishable with i!)rison!ent for a ter! which !a( e5tend to two (ears or with fine which !a( e5tend to one la.h r-)ees or both"

Punishments for offences of atrocities
10*" #hoever,0 7a, intentionall( ins-lts or inti!idates with intent to h-!iliate a )erson with disabilit( in an( )lace within )-blic view+ 7b, assa-lts or -ses force to an( )erson with disabilit( with intent to dishonor hi! or o-trage the !odest( of a wo!an with disabilit(+ 7c, having the act-al charge or control over a )erson with disabilit( vol-ntaril( or .nowingl( denies food or fl-ids to hi! or her+ 7d, being in a )osition to do!inate the will of a child or wo!an with disabilit( and -ses that )osition to e5)loit se5-all(+ 7e, vol-ntaril( inC-res, da!ages or interferes with the -se of an( li!b or sense or an( s-))orting device of a )erson with disabilit(+ 7f, )erfor!s cond-cts or directs an( !edical )roced-re to be )erfor!ed on a wo!an with disabilit( which leads to or is li.el( to lead to ter!ination of )regnanc( witho-t her e5)ress consent e5ce)t in cases where !edical )roced-re for ter!ination of )regnanc( is done in severe cases of disabilit( and with the o)inion of a registered !edical )ractitioner and also with the consent of the g-ardian of the wo!an with disabilit("

shall be )-nishable with i!)rison!ent for a ter! which shall not be less than si5 !onths b-t which !a( e5tend to five (ears and with fine"

Punishment for failure to furnish information.
104" #hoever, fails to )rod-ce an( boo., acco-nt or other doc-!ent or to f-rnish an( state!ent, infor!ation or )artic-lars which, -nder this Act or an( order, reg-lation or direction !ade or given there -nder, is d-t( bo-nd to )rod-ce or f-rnish or to answer an( 1-estion )-t in )-rs-ance of the )rovisions of this Act or of an( order, reg-lation or direction !ade or given there -nder, shall be )-nishable with fine which !a( e5tend to twent( five tho-sand r-)ees in res)ect of each offence, and in case of contin-ed fail-re or ref-sal, with f-rther fine which !a( e5tend to one tho-sand r-)ees for each da(, of contin-ed fail-re or ref-sal after the date of original order i!)osing )-nish!ent of fine"

Previous sanction of appropriate (overnment
10>" No o-rt shall ta.e cogni:ance of an offence alleged to have been co!!itted b( an e!)lo(ee of the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent -nder this ha)ter, e5ce)t with the )revio-s sanction of the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent or a co!)laint is filed b( an officer a-thorised b( it in this behalf"

"lternative punishments
10?" #here an act or o!ission constit-tes an offence )-nishable -nder this Act and also -nder an( other entral or &tate Act, then, notwithstanding an(thing contained in an( law for the ti!e being in force, the offender fo-nd g-ilt( of s-ch offence shall be liable to )-nish!ent onl( -nder s-ch Act as )rovides for )-nish!ent which is greater in degree"

CHAPTER 17 MISCELLANEOUS
"pplication of other la,s not barred.
110" The )rovisions of this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of, the )rovisions of an( other law for the ti!e being in force"

Protection of action ta%en in #ood faith
111" No s-it, )rosec-tion or other legal )roceeding shall lie against the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent or an( officer of the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent or an( officer or e!)lo(ee of the National o!!ission or &tate o!!ission for an(thing which is in good faith done or intended to be done -nder this Act or the r-les or reg-lations !ade there -nder"

Po,er to remove difficulties
112"71, 2f an( diffic-lt( arises in giving effect to the )rovisions of this Act, the entral 'overn!ent !a(, b( order )-blished in the 3fficial 'a:ette, !a.e s-ch )rovisions or give s-ch directions, not inconsistent with the )rovisions of this Act, as !a( a))ear to it to be necessar( or e5)edient for re!oving the diffic-lt(6 Provided that no s-ch order shall be !ade -nder this section after the e5)ir( of the )eriod of two (ears fro! the date of co!!ence!ent of this Act" 72, %ver( order !ade -nder this section shall be laid as soon as !a( be, after it is !ade, before each $o-se of Parlia!ent"

Po,er to amend Schedule
113"71, 3n the reco!!endations !ade b( the a))ro)riate 'overn!ent or otherwise, if the entral 'overn!ent is satisfied that it is necessar( or e5)edient so to do, it !a(, b( notification, a!end the &ched-le and an( s-ch notification being iss-ed, the &ched-le shall be dee!ed to have been a!ended accordingl(" 72, %ver( s-ch notification shall, as soon as )ossible after it is iss-ed, shall be laid before each $o-se of Parlia!ent"

Po,er of Central (overnment to ma%e rules
11@" 71, The entral 'overn!ent !a(, s-bCect to the condition of )revio-s )-blication, b( notification, !a.e r-les for carr(ing o-t the )rovisions of this Act" 72, 2n )artic-lar, and witho-t )reC-dice to the generalit( of foregoing )ower, s-ch r-les !a( )rovide for all or an( of the following !atters, na!el(60 7a, the !anner of constit-ting the ethics co!!ittee -nder s-b0section 72, of section =+ 7b, the !anner of notif(ing the e1-al o))ort-nit( )olic( -nder s-b0section 71, of section 20+ 7c, the for! and !anner of !aintaining records b( ever( establish!ent -nder s-b0sections 71, of section 21+

7d, the !anner of !aintenance of register of co!)laints b( grievance redressal officer -nder s-b0section 7 3, of section 22+ 7e, the !anner of f-rnishing infor!ation and ret-rn b( establish!ent to the &)ecial %!)lo(!ent %5change -nder section 3=+ 7f, the co!)osition of the Assess!ent Board -nder s-b0section 72, and !anner of assess!ent to be !ade b( the assess!ent board -nder s-b0section 73, of section 34+ 7g, the !anner of a))lication for iss-ance of certificate of disabilit( -nder s-b0 section 71, and for! of certificate of disabilit( -nder s-b0section 72, of section =4+ 7h, the allowances to be )aid to no!inated Ae!bers of entral Advisor( Board -nder s-b0section 7*, of section *0+ 7i, the r-les of )roced-re for transaction of b-siness in the !eetings of entral Advisor( Board -nder section *3+ 7C, the salaries and allowances and other conditions of services of chair)ersons and Ae!bers of National o!!ission -nder section 4>+ 7., the salaries and allowances and conditions of services of officers and staff of National o!!ission -nder s-b0section 73, of section >1+ 7l, the for!, !anner and content of ann-al re)ort to be )re)ared and s-b!itted b( National o!!ission -nder s-b0section 73, of section >=+ 7!, the )roced-re, !anner of -tili:ation and !anage!ent of the f-nd -nder s-b0section 72, of 100+ and 7n, the for! for )re)aration of acco-nts of f-nd -nder s-b0section71, of section 101+ 73, %ver( r-le !ade -nder this Act shall be laid, as soon as !a( be after it is !ade, before each $o-se of Parlia!ent while it is in session, for a total )eriod of thirt( da(s which !a( be co!)rised in one session or in two or !ore s-ccessive sessions, and if, before the e5)ir( of the session i!!ediatel( following the session or the s-ccessive sessions, aforesaid, both $o-ses agree in !a.ing an( !odification in the r-le or both $o-ses agree that the r-le sho-ld not be !ade, the r-le shall thereafter have effect onl( in s-ch !odified for! or be of no effect, as the case !a( be+ so, however, that an( s-ch !odification or ann-l!ent shall be witho-t )reC-dice to the validit( of an(thing )revio-sl( done -nder that r-le"

Po,ers of State (overnment to ma%e rules
11="71, The &tate 'overn!ent !a(, s-bCect to the condition of )revio-s )-blication, b( notification, !a.e r-les for carr(ing o-t the )rovisions of this Act" 72, 2n )artic-lar, and witho-t )reC-dice to the generalit( of foregoing )owers, s-ch r-les !a( )rovide for all or an( of the following !atters, na!el(60

7a, the !anner of constit-ting the ethics co!!ittee -nder s-b0section 72, of section =+ 7b, the for! and !anner of !a.ing an a))lication for certificate of registration -nder s-b0section 71, of section =0+ 7c, the facilities to be )rovided and standards to be !et b( instit-tion for grant of certificate of registration -nder s-b0section 73, of section =0+ 7d, the validit( of certificate of registration, the for! of and conditions attached to certificate of registration -nder s-b0section 7@, of section =0+ 7e, the )eriod of dis)osal of a))lication for certificate of registration -nder s-b0section 74, of section =0+ 7f, the )eriod within which an a))eal to be !ade -nder s-b0section 71, section =2+ 7g, the ti!e and !anner of a))ealing against the order of certif(ing a-thorit( -nder s-b0section 71, and !anner of dis)osal of s-ch a))eal -nder s-b0section 72, of section =>+ 7h, the allowances to be )aid to no!inated !e!bers of &tate Advisor( Board -nder s-b0section 7*, of section **+ 7i, the r-les of )roced-re for transaction of b-siness in the !eetings of &tate Advisor( Board -nder section *?+ 7C, the co!)osition, and f-nctions of district level co!!ittee -nder section 41+ 7o, salaries, allowances and other conditions of services of hair)ersons and Ae!bers of &tate o!!ission -nder &ection ?1+ 7), the salaries, allowances and conditions of services of officers and staff of &tate o!!ission -nder s-b0section 73, of section ?@+ 71, the for!, !anner and content of ann-al and s)ecial re)orts to be )re)ared and s-b!itted b( &tate o!!ission -nder s-b0section 73, of section ?*+ and 7r, the fee or re!-neration to be )aid to the s)ecial )-blic )rosec-tor -nder s-b0section 72, of section ??+ 73, %ver( r-le !ade b( the &tate 'overn!ent -nder this Act shall be laid, as soon as !a( be after it is !ade, before each $o-se of the &tate Degislat-re where it consists of two $o-ses, or where s-ch &tate Degislat-re consists of one $o-se, before that $o-se"

Po,er of &ational Commission to ma%e re#ulations
11*"71, The National o!!ission !a(, with the )revio-s a))roval of the entral 'overn!ent and after )revio-s )-blication, b( notification, !a.e reg-lations consistent with this Act and the r-les !ade there-nder to carr( o-t the )rovisions of this Act" 72, 2n )artic-lar, and witho-t )reC-dice to the generalit( of the foregoing )ower, s-ch reg-lations !a( )rovide for all or an( of the following !atters, na!el(60 7a, standards for accessibilit( -nder section 3?+ and

7b, the r-les of )roced-re for transaction of b-siness -nder section >0" 73, %ver( reg-lation !ade -nder this Act shall be laid, as soon as !a( be after it is !ade, before each $o-se of Parlia!ent, while it is in session, for a total )eriod of thirt( da(s which !a( be co!)rised in one session or in two or !ore s-ccessive sessions, and if, before the e5)ir( of the session i!!ediatel( following the session or the s-ccessive sessions aforesaid, both $o-ses agree in !a.ing an( !odification in the r-le or both $o-ses agree that the r-le sho-ld not be !ade, the r-le shall thereafter have effect onl( in s-ch !odified for!, or be of no effect, as the case !a( be+ so, however, that an( s-ch !odification or ann-l!ent shall be witho-t )reC-dice to the validit( of an(thing )revio-sl( done -nder that r-le"

Po,ers of State Commission to ma%e re#ulations
114"71, The &tate o!!ission !a(, with the )revio-s a))roval of the entral 'overn!ent and after )revio-s )-blication, b( notification, !a.e reg-lations consistent with this Act and the r-les !ade there-nder to carr( o-t the )rovisions of this Act6 Provided that where an( reg-lation has alread( been iss-ed in an( s-ch !atter b( the National o!!ission, s-ch reg-lations shall )revail over the reg-lations of the &tate o!!ission )ertaining to the said !atter" 72, 2n )artic-lar, and witho-t )reC-dice to the generalit( of the foregoing )ower, the &tate o!!ission shall !a.e reg-lations relating to the r-les of )roced-re for transaction of b-siness -nder section ?3" 73, %ver( reg-lation !ade b( the &tate o!!ission -nder this Act shall be laid, as soon as !a( be after it is !ade, before each $o-se of the &tate Degislat-re where it consists of two $o-ses, or where s-ch &tate Degislat-re consists of one $o-se, before that $o-se"

!epeal and savin#
11>"71, The Persons with Disabilities 7%1-al 3))ort-nit( Protection of Rights and B-ll Partici)ation, Act, 1??= is hereb( re)ealed" 7Re!ar.s 6 1 of 1??*, 72, Notwithstanding the re)eal of the said Act, an(thing done or an( action ta.en -nder the said Act, an(thing done or an( action ta.en -nder the said Act shall be dee!ed to be have been done or ta.en -nder the corres)onding )rovisions of this Act"

THE SCHEDULE
P&ee cla-se 75, of section 2Q

SPEC*+*ED D*S".*L*-*ES
1" ;A-tis! &)ectr-! DisorderF !eans a ne-ro0)s(chological condition t()icall( a))earing in the first three (ears of life that significantl( affects a )ersonOs abilit( to co!!-nicate, -nderstand relationshi)s and relate to others, and is fre1-entl( associated with -n-s-al or stereot()ical rit-als or behavio-rs" 2" FblindnessF !eans a condition where a )erson has an( of the following conditions, after best correction,0 7i, total absence of sight+ or 7ii, vis-al ac-it( not e5ceeding 3N*0 or 10N200 7&nellen, in the better e(e+ or 7iii, li!itation of the field of vision s-btending an angle of 10 degree or worse" 3" ;cerebral )als(F !eans a gro-) of non0)rogressive ne-rological condition of a )erson affecting bod( !ove!ents and !-scle coordination ca-sed b( da!age to one or !ore s)ecific areas of the brain, -s-all( occ-rring before, d-ring or shortl( after birth" @" Fchronic ne-rological conditionsF !eans a condition that has its origin in so!e )art of )ersonOs nervo-s s(ste! lasting for a long )eriod of ti!e or !ar.ed b( fre1-ent rec-rrence" =" FdeafblindnessF !eans a condition in which a )erson !a( have a co!bination of hearing and vis-al i!)air!ents ca-sing severe co!!-nication, develo)!ental, and ed-cational )roble!s and incl-de,0 7i, !oderate to )rofo-nd hearing and significant vis-al i!)air!ents+ 7ii, !oderate to )rofo-nd hearing and significant vis-al i!)air!ents and other significant disabilities+ 7iii, central )rocessing )roble!s of vision and hearing+ 7iv, )rogressive sensor( i!)air!ents or significant vis-al i!)air!ent+ and 7v, )ossible loss of a-ditor( )rocessing !echanis!s 7associated with severe )h(sical disabilit( or severe cognitive disabilit(, and severe co!!-nication dela(" *" Fhe!o)hiliaF !eans an inheritable disease, -s-all( affecting onl( !ale b-t trans!itted b( wo!en to their !ale children, characterised b( loss or i!)air!ent of the nor!al clotting abilit( of blood so that a !inor wo-nd !a( res-lt in fatal bleeding" 4" Fhearing 2!)air!entF !eans loss of si5t( decibels hearing level or !ore in the better ear in the conversational range of fre1-encies"

>" Fintellect-al disabilit(F !eans a condition characterised b( significant li!itations both in intellect-al f-nctioning 7reasoning, learning, )roble! solving, and in ada)tive behavio-r, which covers a range of ever(da( social and )ractical s.ills" Fle)ros( c-red )ersonF !eans a )erson who has been c-red of le)ros( b-t is s-ffering fro!0 7i, loss of sensation in hands or feet as well as loss of sensation and )aresis in the e(e and e(e0lid b-t with no !anifest defor!it(+ 7ii, !anifest defor!it( and )aresis b-t having s-fficient !obilit( in their hands and feet to enable the! to engage in nor!al econo!ic activit(+ 7iii, e5tre!e )h(sical defor!it( as well as advanced age which )revents hi! or her fro! -nderta.ing an( gainf-l occ-)ation, and the e5)ression Fle)ros( c-redF shall constr-ed accordingl(" 10" Floco!otor disabilit(F !eans a )ersonOs inabilit( to e5ec-te distinctive activities associated with !ove!ent of self and obCects res-lting fro! affliction of !-sc-los.eletal or nervo-s s(ste! or both" 11" Flow0visionF !eans a condition where a )erson has an( of the following conditions, na!el(60 7i, vis-al ac-it( not e5ceeding *N1> or 20N*0 and less than *N*0 or 20N200 7&nellen, in the better e(e with correcting lenses+ or 7ii, li!itation of the field of vision s-btending an angle of !ore than 10 and -) to @0 degree" 12" ;!ental illnessF !eans a s-bstantial disorder of thin.ing, !ood, )erce)tion, orientation or !e!or( that grossl( i!)airs C-dge!ent, behavior, ca)acit( to recognise realit( or abilit( to !eet the ordinar( de!ands of life, b-t does not incl-de !ental retardation which is a condition of arrested or inco!)lete develo)!ent of !ind of a )erson, s)eciall( characterised b( s-bnor!alit( of intelligence" 13" F!-lti)le d(stro)h(F !eans a gro-) of hereditar( genetic !-scle disease that wea.ens the !-scles that !ove the h-!an bod( and )ersons with !-lti)le d(stro)h( have incorrect or !issing infor!ation in their genes, which )revents the! fro! !a.ing the )roteins the( need for health( !-scles" 2t is characterised b( )rogressive s.eletal !-scle wea.ness, defects in !-scle )roteins, and the death of !-scle cells and tiss-e" 1@" F!-lti)le sclerosisF !eans an infla!!ator(, nervo-s s(ste! disease in which the !(elin sheaths aro-nd the a5ons of nerve cells of the brain and

s)inal cord are da!aged, leading to de!(elination and affecting the abilit( of nerve cells in the brain and s)inal cord to co!!-nicate with each other" 1=" Fs)ecific learning disabilitiesF !eans a heterogeneo-s gro-) of conditions wherein there is a deficit in )rocessing lang-age, s)o.en or written, that !a( !anifest itself as a diffic-lt( to co!)rehend, s)ea., read, write, s)ell, or to do !athe!atical calc-lations and incl-des s-ch conditions as )erce)t-al disabilities, d(sle5ia, d(sgra)hia, d(scalc-lia, d(s)ra5ia and develo)!ental a)hasia" 1*" Fs)eech and lang-age disabilit(F !eans a )er!anent disabilit( arising o-t of conditions s-ch as lar(ngecto!( or a)hasia affecting one or !ore co!)onents of s)eech and lang-age d-e to organic or ne-rological ca-ses" 14" Fthalasse!iaF !eans a gro-) of inherited disorders characterised b( red-ced or absent a!o-nts of he!oglobin" 1>" Fsic.le cell diseaseF !eans a he!ol(tic disorder characterised b( chronic ane!ia, )ainf-l events, and vario-s co!)lications d-e to associated tiss-e and organ da!age, Fhe!ol(ticF refers to the destr-ction of the cell !e!brane of red blood cells res-lting in the release of he!oglobin" 1?" F!-lti)le disabilit(F !eans two or !ore of the s)ecified disabilities !entioned at serial n-!bers 1 to 1>, occ-rring in a )erson at the sa!e ti!e" 20" An( other categor( as !a( be notified b( the entral 'overn!ent"

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