Empowering Persons with Disabilities

1. INTRODUCTION The Constitution of India ensures equality, freedom, justice and dignity of all individuals and mandates an inclusive society for all including persons with disabilities (PwD) The Government of India signed UNCRPD and enacted Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016 that recognizes that persons with disability are entitled to equal opportunities & rights to participate in the political, social, and economic and self- development activities in all walks of life. In keeping with the developments at the National and International level, the Government of Maharashtra has taken several initiatives to align with the national agenda. This includes formation of Action Plan 2001, School code for Special schools & workshops, Guidelines for recognition of institutions serving PwDs etc. This policy initiative of Government of Maharashtra is logical progression of legal framework and guidelines for development of institutional infrastructure. The objectives of the policy are : a. Smooth and effective implementation of all legislations relating to Divyangjan. b. Develop effective multi-sectoral coordination amongst concerned government agencies to ensure early detection, inclusion in education, skill building and appropriate employment, social mainstreaming and legal capacity for all Divyangjans. c. Provide necessary budget allocation and required provisions d. Suitable regulatory mechanism for effective delivery of services to Divyangjans e. Avoid discrimination, exploitation and exclusion of Divyangjan from all spheres of public life and delivery of services. f. Take suitable care of Divyangjan with high support needs due to disability, family circumstances or social exclusion

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