Q.2 What are the various rights and entitlements granted to persons with disabilities under the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016? Also examine the significance of the Draft Accessibility Standards/Guidelines recently released by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for built infrastructure under its purview. (10 Marks)

Mentor’s comment-
  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/for-disabled-citizens-to-have-the-police-they-deserve/article37980982.ece
  • In the intro, mention that the Act fulfills the obligations to the United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), to which India is a signatory.
  • In the body mention various rights and entitlement under the Act such as reservations in higher education and government jobs, responsibilities of the government to ensure that persons with disability enjoy their rights equally with others, the Accessible India Campaign, inclusive education etc.
  • In the next part, mention recently released accessibility standards by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Conclude by mentioning that the Standards, when enacted into law, will mark a huge step forward in making our law enforcement apparatus more disabled-friendly.
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