The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016

The RPWD Act was enacted in December 2016. It promotes and protects the rights and dignity of people with disabilities in various aspects of life – educational, social, legal, economic,cultural and political. It applies to government, non government and private organisations. It has mandates and timelines for establishments to ensure accessibility of infrastructure and services. It has implementing mechanisms like Disability Commissioner’s Offices at the Centre and State level, District Committees, Boards and Committees for planning and monitoring the implementation of the Act, Special Courts at District level and so on. It has penalties in case of violation of any provisions of the Act.

Official text on The RPWD Act

Translated Text (by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) with support of their State Partners)

  1. Assamese (RPWD Act) DOC File
  2. Bengali
  3. Gujarati (RPWD Act) DOC File
  4. Kannada
  5. Marathi (RPWD Act) DOC File
  6. Oriya
  7. Tamil (RPWD Act) DOC File
  8. Telugu
  9. Urdu

RPWD Rules PDf File were notified in June 2017.

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