A eight-member delegation of the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) met the Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari this morning in their continuing effort to garner support for the introduction and passage of the Disability Rights Bill when parliament is convened to pass the Vote on Account.
The delegation tried to impress upon the Vice President that there has been an inordinate delay in introducing and passing the Bill which spells out the rights of persons with disabilities, though the process of drafting the new law started over four years back and has gone through various stages. The delegation sought the Vice President's support in ensuring that this extremely important piece of legislation is taken up by the government for introduction and enactment.
Shri Hamid Ansari gave the delegation a patient hearing. He said that he empathises with the cause and is all for the speedy enactment of this legislation. The Vice President said that since India has signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons (UNCRPD), it is incumbent that India harmonise its laws also in consonance with the UNCRPD.