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New Disability Commission To Make Recommendations For Eliminating Discrimination
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 4, 2004

NEW DELHI, INDIA--The Government of India on Wednesday appointed the first National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

The Commission is charged with coming up with recommendations to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities, while increasing educational and vocational opportunities in the country, according to a government press statement.

The Prime Minister announced last year that the Commission would speed up the goal of making India a more equitable and inclusive society.

The government said that the members of the panel, who will each hold office for three years, are to represent people with hearing, visual, and physical disabilities, along with parents/guardians of people with autism, cerebral palsy or multiple disabilities. At least two of the members are to be women.

The Commission is also charged with recommending "packages for poverty elevation, employment and other support services to achieve the goal of psycho-social acceptance of the disabled persons and their full participation in the social and economic life of the country," the statement explained.

While the results of the 2001 census have not yet been released, it is estimated that 4 to 5 percent India's population experiences a disability. The 1991 census determined that about two percent of India's population had a disability.

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