THE NATIONAL POLICY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 2006Ability India
The Convention was adopted by UN General Assembly on December 13, 2006 and opened for signing by the State Parties on March 30, 2007. Adoption of the Convention has really imparted empowerment to Persons with Disabilities across the globe to demand their rights and make State, private and civil society agencies accountable for enjoying their rights.
- India is one of the few first countries which ratified the Convention. Consequent upon signing the Convention on March 30, 2007, India ratified the Convention on 01.10.2007. The Convention has come into force from May 3, 2008. The Convention places the following three important obligations on each State Party: –
a) Implementation of the provisions of the Convention;
b) Harmonization of the country laws with the Convention and
c) Preparation of a Country Report.
- Taking concrete measures for effective implementation of the Convention, all the concerned Central Ministries were requested to implement the provisions of the Convention as might be applicable to each of them. Similarly, all the Chief Ministers of States and Administrators of UTs were also requested to examine different provisions/obligations under the Convention as might relate to them and to take effective steps for their early implementation. The State Governments/UT Administrators were also asked to furnish a status report in this regard so that the same could be utilized towards preparing the Country Report. Rigorous monitoring and follow-up was being done in this regard so as to fulfill obligations of the Convention. India’s First Country Report was submitted to UN Committee on Rights of Persons in November, 2015.