Representatives of People living with Disabilities in Nagaland met Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday, June 20, to discuss the implementation of RPWD Act 2016.
Kohima, June 21 (MExN): The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 (RPWD Act 2016) came into force on April 19, 2017, and all States and Union Territories in India, including Nagaland, were required to notify the State Rules and start implementation within six months of the Disability Act becoming law. The Supreme Court has also, on April 25 last year, asked all the States and Union Territories to take immediate steps to comply with the requirements of the Disability Act and file compliance reports. It further directed that special courts be set up in each district to conduct trial of offences committed against them within three months.
“Despite the above as well as the strong urgings of the disability community, Nagaland is yet to make any concrete move towards implementation of the Disability Act even with the passage of more than a year,” stated a press release from Diethono Nakhro, Disability Rights Activist, on behalf of People living with Disabilities (PwDs) in Nagaland State.
In an endeavour to push the State Government on the matter, representatives of PwDs in Nagaland met Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday and discussed various important disability issues in the State, particularly the implementation of RPWD Act 2016.
The disability community also reminded the government that “despite the old Disability Act 1995 being in existence for more than 20 years, not even a single law contained in it was ever properly implemented in the state by successive governments.”
Furthermore, numerous directives were also been issued by the Supreme Court from time to time, but none have been complied with either.
“PwDs in Nagaland have thus remained ignored and marginalised with their rights violated by the State Government and society at large. This failure cannot and must not be repeated with the RPWD Act 2016,” the representatives noted.
As committed by the NDPP as well as the BJP in their election manifestos, they urged the Chief Minister and his government to “notify the State Disability Rules and start implementation of the RPWD Act without delay.”
The Chief Minister, it was informed, expressed full support and assured that action will be taken.