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India moves towards equal rights for disabled people

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 17 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1556

India has drafted a parliamentary bill to safeguard the rights of physically disabled people and those with learning disabilities. The bill is aimed at improving education and employment prospects for people with disabilities and at preventing discrimination. The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Bill 1995, to be introduced in the next session of the Indian parliament, redefines welfare measures for an estimated 90 million disabled Indians.

The bill will make it mandatory for federal and state governments to intensify campaigns to prevent disabilities. It calls for nationwide screening programmes for preschool children at risk of disabilities from poor nutrition, infections, or other causes, and …

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