Dimapur, December 5: Against the backdrop of the observation of International Day for People with Disability (PWD) across the State by organizing customary functions, it has come to light that Nagaland is not implementing the Disability Rights Act.
A study to evaluate the progress made vis-à-vis the implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) (RPWD) Act 2016 in the States and the Union Territories of India by the Disability Rights India Foundation (DIRF) in collaboration with National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD), with support from Titan Company Limited, showed Nagaland very poorly in implementation of the Disability Act.
The assessment of the implementation of the Disability Rights Act 2016 released by Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC) placed Nagaland in 21st position out of 24 States in implementation of the Act.
Nagaland scored just 1 out of 19 (5.3%) in implementation of the Act, ahead only of Andhra Pradesh (tied at 5.3%), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (0%) and Jammu & Kashmir (0%).
The study sent 19 questions, primarily focusing on the rules, administrative structures, notifications, allocation of funds and reservations of persons with disabilities – which are basically the underpinnings of the implementation of the Act.
Out of the 24 states and union territories, the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha scored the highest – they answered in the affirmative to 12 out of 19 questions (63.2%) in implementing some of the provisions of the Act. Ten states and union territories have scored extremely low, that is, they have answered in the affirmative less than 25% of the questions.
Nagaland answered in the affirmative to only one of the 19 questions. (Page News Service)