The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a Bill to facilitate 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.
The Bill seeks to amend the principal Act legislated in 1999 and to streamline the appointment and resignation of members of a trust.
Amid disruptions over several issues, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, “Let the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018 be taken up now. It is a very small Bill. So, if the House agrees, we will take it up.”
NCP member Supriya Sule made a brief intervention. “Autism is something which is really affecting a section of children… There is very less awareness in society as well as in educational circles… I request the Minister to make sure that the Chairman and the Committee consist of people who work in the field of autism. There are a lot of technical experts in this country. So, please make sure that they are included in this.”