New Delhi, May 30: The Centre has decided to include 14 new categories, including acid attack victims, under the ambit of the Disability Act, 2016. The new conditions will apply to people with dwarfism, specific learning disabilities, deafness, autism, multiple disabilities and acid attack survivors, among others.
Under the new notification, scheduled to be issued next month, acid attack survivors will be treated as disabled, a senior official in the social justice and empowerment ministry said.
At present, the Act provides benefits to 7 categories of physical and mental conditions which mainly comprising blindness, low-vision, locomotive disability, hearing impairment, mental illness and leprosy.
Ministry officials said the previous Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 mentions only seven categories. In 2001, disability assessment guidelines were prepared for these categories, but there was no measure to calculate the percentage of disability in a person.
As per 2011 census, India has 26,810,557 people under disabled population. Government officials said once the new disability assessment guidelines come, all district medical officers will be advised to follow new norms in issuing the certificate.