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Rs 260.62 crore national disability fund lying unused, reveals RTI

-The Indian Express The RTI reply from the Ministry also stated that the certified reports of the erstwhile fund and the old fund were available but cannot be released as they are voluminous and that they can be seen in the office. New Delhi: As much as Rs 260.62 crore under the National Fund for Persons with Disabilities is lying unused for over two years now — ever since the new...

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Disability Rights crusader Javed Abidi dies at 53 -Manash Pratim Gohain

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: India’s global face of Disability Rights movement, Javed Abidi, died of chest infection on Sunday. He was 53. Abidi, who founded the Disability Rights Group (DRG), and was serving as the director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, is survived by his mother and two siblings.   Born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, he was diagnosed with spina bifida. Abidi wasn't operated on...

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Disabilities Rights Bill: Activists worried over guardianship -Zubeda Hamid

-The Hindu The problem with guardianship in any form, is that it tends to be of a "blanket" form – the denial of all decision-making capabilities. A person with a psychosocial or developmental disability needs her guardian’s permission do a number of things that most people would consider routine: opening a bank account, getting married, managing property, entering into a contract, obtaining insurance, and even making a will. The reason? The enabling...

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Chasing the Certificate That Enables

-Economic and Political Weekly     Disabled citizens face a traumatic time procuring the crucial disability certificate. Among the tasks that fill most Indians with dread is the act of procuring the all-important identity and eligibility documents so dear to the Indian bureaucracy. Imagine the plight of disabled citizens for whom getting a disability certificate that officially recognises their disability and medically ranks it in percentage terms has long been a nightmarish experience. Yet,...

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Lok Sansad presses for passing of five key bills

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information (NCPRI), Disabled Rights Group (DRG), National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), and the National Coalition for Strengthening of Prevention of Atrocities Act (NCSPA), who have formed a coalition called the Lok Sansad, continued their agitation at Jantar Mantar to press for the passing of five pending "consensus bills" in Parliament. The coalition stated that now that...

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