Observing that the government has not been able to implement the Persons with Disability Act in an effective manner, a Group of Ministers has decided to amend the law to incorporate a time frame for implementation of seven important directive principles of the law.
At a recent meeting, the GoM headed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil decided that incentives to private employers to ensure that the 5 per cent of the workforce is composed of people with disabilities should be announced within two years.
Since the inception of the law in 1996, the government has failed to announce an incentive scheme for the private sector to employ the disabled. “It just needs political will to announce the incentive scheme. An amendment in the law is not required,” said Javed Abidi of Disability Rights Group.
The GoM has also said that effort should be made to forge a partnership with the corporate sector and philanthropic groups to augment the resources required to empower such persons.
The set of recommendations accepted by the GoM also provides a time frame for the governments to announce a suitable unemployment allowance for the disabled. The GoM had observed that only a few states have announced the allowance and that too, is very low.