A delegation of the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) and the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) met the Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary, Prakash Karat over the weekend to garner support for the introduction and passage of the Disability Rights Bill when Parliament is re-convened to pass the Vote on Account.

“Delay inexplicable”

The seven member delegation impressed upon the CPI(M) leader that though the process of drafting the new law started over four years back and has gone through various stages, the delay in introducing this legislation in the Parliament was inexplicable.

Full support

Mr. Karat, who gave the delegation a patient hearing, said that his party was for the speedy enactment of this legislation, which spells out the rights of persons with disabilities. He offered the full support of his party in Parliament in getting this important piece of legislation passed, according to Javed Abidi, convenor of DRG.

The members of the delegation who called on Mr. Karat were: Javed Abidi (Convener, DRG), Muralidharan (Secretary, NPRD), Syamala Gidugu (Action for Ability Development and Inclusion), Merry Barua (Action for Autism), Radhika Alkazi (Aarth-Aastha), Zorin Singha (National Association of the Deaf) and Dipendra Manocha (National Association for the Blind).

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