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The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 remains only a legal document without intense sensitisation of government functionaries and citizens regarding disability. Comment.

General Studies Paper - 2, Topic: Inclusive Development

Dec 29, 2022

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It is true that the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPWD Act) remains only a legal document without intense sensitization of government functionaries and citizens regarding disability. While the RPWD Act provides a framework for the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities in India, its provisions are not necessarily implemented in practice.

 

One of the main challenges in implementing the RPWD Act is the lack of awareness and understanding among government functionaries and citizens about disability and the rights of persons with disabilities. Many government officials and citizens may not be aware of the provisions of the RPWD Act and may not know how to implement them.

 

In addition, there may be a lack of sensitivity and understanding among government officials and citizens towards the needs and challenges faced by persons with disabilities. This can lead to discrimination and exclusion of persons with disabilities in various aspects of life, such as education, employment, healthcare, and access to public services.

 

Therefore, it is important to increase sensitization and awareness about disability and the rights of persons with disabilities among government functionaries and citizens, in order to ensure that the provisions of the RPWD Act are effectively implemented and that persons with disabilities are able to enjoy their rights and participate fully in society. This can be achieved through various means, such as training programs, awareness campaigns, and community engagement initiatives.

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