The proposed change in the laws on Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 is a commendable attempt to counter ill-rooted discrimination based on a person's disability through legal guarantees of equality of opportunity. This is in compliance with the letter and spirit of the 2007 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Government proposes to increase the reservation from existing three percent to five percent in the government sector and incentives for the firms employing such persons with disabilities up to five percent. The remarkable provision of penalizing the non-complying firms with increased tax-dis-incentive. The legislation will work wonders if the compulsory filling of such posts to be filled in the current year with relaxed provisions will help achieve the goal of social justice in true sense of term. The identification and addition of more suitable jobs for persons with disabilities will go a long way in bringing these people in the main stream of the workforce. There should be increased awareness among the people for ensuring proper and adequate undiscriminating education. The educational environment should be improved so that such persons get requisite encouragement of continuing further and higher studies. True social equity and justice won't be ensured unless this section of the society is not brought into the mainstream of the society. India can set an example for the developing countries and translate the provisions of the convention on rights of the persons with disabilities held under the ambit of UN. Let us provide an environment of equality for all at our work places.
Shashikant Nishant Sharma