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...The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, introduced the concept of a minimum 3 per cent reservation in all establishments that is, corporations established by law; authorities and bodies owned, controlled or aided by the government; government companies and all government departments for certain categories of persons with disabilities.Section 32 of the act mandates the government to identify posts in establishments under it, which can be reserved for persons with disabilities.The confusion was created by section 33, which said that a minimum of 3 per cent of all vacancies in an establishment would be reserved for persons with disabilities, of which 1 per cent each would be reserved for three categories of disability: first, blindness or low vision, second, hearing impairment and third, locomotor disability or cerebral palsy. ...Indian Express on Oct. 10, 2013, 4:50 a.m.
...The provision itself is controversial, because it includes both diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions, which effectively makes a judge the sole authority on whether a person is of "unsound mind" or not.Celebrations were more subdued after a closer examination of the judgment.The judgment laid undue stress on patronising the institution of marriage, although that is not the focus of this article.It also showed that the Supreme Court has done nothing but uphold an earlier position, laid down in 1988 in a remarkably well-thought-out ruling by Justice Venkatachaliah in Ram Narain Gupta vs Rameshwari Gupta.The ruling took into account literature on psychiatry and jurisprudence to reach its conclusions. ...Indian Express on Sept. 23, 2013, 2:21 a.m.
...Happily, these suggestions were accepted by the ministry of women and child development, and incorporated in the final document, which was notified earlier this month.But why agitate for these needs here, and not in a separate policy for children with disabilities?Globally, an emerging focus in linguistic prescriptivism has been the "people first" approach, that is, to use terms like "persons with disabilities" as opposed to "disabled" in order to move away from placing an undue focus on the condition, which distracts from the humanity of people with the condition. ...Indian Express on May 20, 2013, 1 a.m.