The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016

(Act No. 49 of 2016)

[Dated 27th December, 2016]

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An Act to give effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Whereas the United Nations General Assembly adopted its Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the 13th day of December, 2006;

And Whereas the aforesaid Convention lays down the following principles for empowerment of persons with disabilities,-

(a) respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons;

(b) non-discrimination;

(c) full and effective participation and inclusion in society;

(d) respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;

(e) equality of opportunity;

(f) accessibility;

(g) equality between men and women;

(h) respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities;

And Whereas India is a signatory to the said Convention;

And Whereas India ratified the said Convention on the 1st day of October, 2007;

And Whereas it is considered necessary to implement the Convention aforesaid.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

CHAPTER I - Preliminary (Section 1-2)

CHAPTER II - Rights and Entitlements (Section 3-15)

CHAPTER III - Education (Section 16-18)

CHAPTER IV - Skill Development and Employment (Section 19-23)

CHAPTER V - Social Security, Health, Rehabilitation and Recreation (Section 24 -30)

CHAPTER VI - Special Provisions for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (Section 31-37)

CHAPTER VII - Special Provisions for Persons with Disabilities with High Support Needs (Section 38)

CHAPTER VIII - Duties and Responsibilities of Appropriate Governments (Section 39-48)

CHAPTER IX - Registration of Institutions for Persons with Disabilities and Grants to such Institutions (Section 49-55)

CHAPTER X - Certification of Specified Disabilities (Section 56-59)

CHAPTER XI - Central and State Advisory Boards on Disability and District Level Committee (Section 60-73)

CHAPTER XII - Chief Commissioner and State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (Section 74-83)

CHAPTER XIII - Special Court (Section 84-85)

CHAPTER XIV - National Fund for Persons with Disabilities (Section 86-87)

CHAPTER XV - State Fund for Persons with Disabilities (Section 88) 

CHAPTER XVI - Offences and Penalties (Section 89-95)

CHAPTER XVII - Miscellaneous (Section 96-102)

THE SCHEDULE TO THE ACT (Specified Disability)