Parliament passes bill for welfare of persons with multiple disabilities


Image: PTI

Image: PTI

Parliament passed a bill to streamline the appointment and resignation of members of a trust that helps persons with disability to live independently.

The bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday, had been approved by the Rajya Sabha last week.

The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018 seeks to amend the principal Act enacted in 1999.

The bill allows setting up of a national trust to enable persons with disability to live independently by promoting measures for their protection in case of death of their parents. It also evolves procedures for appointment of their guardians and trustees, and facilitating equal opportunities in society.

Under the legislation, the chairperson and members of the Board of the National Trust can hold office for a term of three years from the date of their appointment or until their successors are appointed, whichever is longer.

The bill also states that the central government will initiate the process for appointment of the chairperson or any member of the board, at least six months prior to the expiry of their tenure.