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January 13, 2014

News from India 14012014Internationally there is interest in sharing news and discussions on the new proposed disability legislations in India. Both the ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill’ (RPD Bill) as well as the ‘Mental Health Care Bill’ (MHC Bill). The CAMH (organization representing users and survivors in India) position on these two disability legislations, both of which have been cleared by the Indian Cabinet can be read by following the link below: http://camhjournal.com/2014/01/13/present-position-of-the-center-for-advocacy-in-mental-health-pune-on-the-new-proposed-disability-legislations/

 The MHC Bill was indeed presented before the Parliament, but due to critiques emanating from different directions, including from us, a standing Committee to review this law was constituted, which in its turn, made a strong critical report. It has gone back to the drafting table. The RPD Bill was cleared by the Cabinet but did not make it to the Parliament this winter session, as was eagerly expected by the disability movement. However, the Parliament was adjourned abruptly leaving the sector very disappointed.

 

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