Speaking at opening session of the two-day “National Review Meeting of State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities on Implementation of Act-1995” that started on May 17, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment stated that there is great need for empowering and strengthening the Divyangjan in the country by safeguarding their rights and privileges entrusted by the Act, stated an official press release.
According to Gehlot, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has become an important and prominent among all Ministries of the Central government for making all round efforts for better education, vocational training and rehabilitation of the Divyangjan in society so that they could lead a respectable life.

He added that the categories of disability were increased to 21 from 7 and now the privileges and rights of Divyangjan had been brought at par with the developed countries.The meeting suggested that states should consider setting up separate Department of Disability Affairs in their respective states and the State Commissioner should act as watchdog for effective implementation of the Act, Programmes and Policies for Welfare of Divyangjan in State.


Furthermore, the State Commissioners should review the implementation of the Act at State and District level vigoursly. They should organise Mobile Courts and conduct reviews at Districts.

The meeting resulted in a list of recommendations for effective implementation of the Act & Programmes for welfare of Divyangjan and Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, in the States.