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New Delhi : The Government is working on an umbrella policy for transgenders and a bill on their rights would be introduced in parliament in the coming monsoon session, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said on Thursday.

Two bills on the rights of disabled people and atrocities on Dalits would also be taken up, Gehlot said at a press conference organised to list the achievements of his ministry in the last one year.

He said. “We want to provide all facilities to transgenders that are given to Scheduled Castes and Tribes.”

“A committee formed under the chairmanship of a senior official to make an in-depth study of the problems faced by the transgenders submitted its report on January 27 last year. An inter-ministerial committee has been constituted for the implementation of its recommendations.”, he added.

Two bills on rights of disabled people and atrocities against Dalits were pending with parliamentary committees and would also be taken up in the monsoon session. Loans are being provided to the disabled to make them self-sufficient.

The ministry had formulated a draft bill to prevent begging. ” ‘The Persons in Destitution (Protection, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill of 2015’ was sent to State Governments on April 17 for their comments,” Gehlot said.

“At least four to five of the 81 NGOs working with his ministry have been found guilty of misusing funds. The Modi Government also planned large-scale celebrations of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. The year-long celebrations will end on April 14 next year.Plans were also afoot to buy the residential property in London where Ambedkar lived while studying in the London School of Economics during 1921-22.”, he further added. (IANS)

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Government of Sri Lanka Urges to Uphold Laws For Disabled

Sri Lankan government urged to uphold laws for disabled

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) on Wednesday said it had written to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera recommending him to make a budgetary allocation to make state buildings and transport accessible to persons with disabilities, keeping in line with the country’s laws as well as international obligations.

In its letter, as reported by Xinhua news agency, the HRCSL said that during the past three years the commission had engaged in numerous activities to ensure persons with disabilities had access to public buildings and transport.

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It said several training programmes were conducted in collaboration of the Human Rights Commission of Australia along with audits of public buildings to assess disability accessibility.

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The HRCSL said Sri Lanka was a state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has undertaken international legal obligations to enable persons with disabilities to access facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas. (IANS)