The Delhi High Court has directed the Union Government and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to frame within three months schemes for preferential allotment of land at concessional rates to differently-abled persons in the Capital.

A Division Bench of Justice Darmar Murugesan and Justice V.K. Jain passed the order on a petition by the All-India Confederation of Blind.

The petitioner submitted that neither the DDA nor the Central Government had framed a scheme in accordance with The Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights And Full Participation) Act, 1995 which, among other things, enjoins upon the governments and the local authorities to frame schemes in favour of the persons with disabilities for preferential allotment of land at concessional rates for houses, business, recreation centres, special schools, research centres and factories.

Allowing the plea, the Bench said: “The respondents are directed to frame, within three months, appropriate scheme(s) in favour of persons with disabilities, as defined in Section 2 of The Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights And Full Participation) Act, 1995, for the preferential allotment of land at concessional rates for setting up of special recreation centres; establishment of special schools; establishment of research centres; establishment of factories by entrepreneurs with disabilities.’’

It also directed the DDA to “incorporate a condition in future allotment of land made to co-operative societies requiring them to give preference/reservation to the persons with disabilities in the flats to be constructed by them on the land taken from the DDA.’’

It further directed the DDA “to permit the guardians of persons with mental disabilities to apply for allotment of flats or shops on behalf of and in the name of the persons with disabilities.

Petition filed by All-India Confederation of Blind

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