The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009, which is being considered by the Lok Sabha, has invited protest from disability activists. They are of the view that the bill leaves out 20 million differently-abled children out of its ambit.
The human resource development (HRD) ministry, however, maintains that these charges are not accurate. “The bill does include children suffering from disability within its ambit. It clearly provides that children with disability will have the right to free and compulsory education in accordance with the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1991,” HRD minister Kapil Sibal said.
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