09-12-2009, to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
 F.No. 32-79/2008-DD III dated 18-12-2009, MSJE File No. 6-2/2010-DD-IV dated 12-01-2009, MSJE
 Please refer to the Article 35 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (UNCRPD) which require that each State shall submit a report on progress made within two years after the entry into force of the present Convention for the State Party concerned.
The UNCRPD entered into force on 3 May 2008. (http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=210).

Further, In response to one of my earlier RTI queries (please find the response dated 8 May 2009 attached) regarding establishment of an independent monitoring mechanism, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment informed that "Ministry is the nodal Ministry for implementation and monitoring of the UNCRPD. This Ministry is monitoring the progress and implementation of the UNCRPD."

In light of all the above information please provide me how is the Ministry monitoring the progress on compliance to the UNCRPD:
  1. Is the process of drafting Country Report as required under Article 35 of the UNCRPD been initiated? If Yes, Please share minutes of all meetings held in this regard till date of this application.
  2. If No, please inform when is the Government planning to begin the process and how?
  3. Please refer to the an RTI application to National Trust on 06-02-2009, and its response dated 06-03-2009. (attached) Kindly inform me if this is the response Ministry is planning to submit  on compliance to the UNCRPD with regard to the persons with autism? If No, please answer the following questions:
  4. Please inform what legislative, administrative measures have been taken for betterment of persons with autism till the date of this application towards implementation of the Article 4.1(a) of the Convention?
  5. What modifications have been made in the existing laws and regulations with regard to address discrimination against persons with autism, in compliance with Article 4.1.(b) of the Convention?
  6. What steps have been taken to meet the elimination of discrimination towards persons with autism by any person, organization or private enterprise as mentioned in Articles 4.1.(e) of the UN Convention?
  7. What research or development have been undertaken to design goods, services, equipment and facilities, which should require minimum possible adaptation and least cost to meet specific needs of a person with autism, in order to comply with Article 4.1.(f) of the Convention?
  8. Provide me information on what equipments and facilities have been adapted or developed and what number of people with autism are using these?
  9. Details of availability of new technologies, including information and communications technologies, mobility aids, devices and assistive technologies, suitable for persons with autism in India, to comply with Article 4.1.(g) of the Convention?
  10. What efforts have been taken to provide accessible information to persons with autism, their caretakers about mobility aids, devices and assistive technologies, including new technologies as well as other forms of asistance, support services and facilities? What funds have been allocated in this direction? Please refer to Article 4.1.(h) of the Convention.
  11. In compliance with the Article 4.3 of the UNCRPD, Who are the people involved in development and implementation of legislations and policies to implement the present Convention? Kindly provide me their names and addresses and details of their disabilities? Details of which organizations have been involved, and what is their area of work?
  12. What special initiatives have been taken to ensure full development, advancement and empowerment of women suffering from autism for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms, in order to comply with Article 6.2 of the UNCRPD.
  13. In order to implement the Article 6.2 of the UNCRPD for the betterment of women with autism, please provide me information on what number of women in India are suffering from autism?
  14. What number of girls suffering from autism in the age group of 6 to 14 years are in schools and enjoying the benefit of free education?
  15. In order to comply with Article 7.1 of the UNCRPD in the direction of "taking all necessary measures to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children", What number of children in India have been identified as suffering from autism? What are the provision for health check-up, treatment and education facilities for them?
  16. What number of children (up to 14 years of age) suffering from autism are availing medical treatment in India? Kindly provide details of number of male and female children.
  17. Kindly furnish me details of inclusion of these children in normal schools. How many children with the disability autism are in normal schools studying with other normal children? How many of them are male and female? They constitute what percentage of total children with autism in India?
  18. What number of teachers are trained till date of this application for taking care of education of children with autism in normal schools?
  19. For complying to the Article 7.2 of the UNCRPD which says "In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration” what steps have been taken in terms of support services in normal schools and at public places like buses, bus stops, hospitals, government offices, Railway stations etc.
  20. In order to comply with the Article 7.3 of the UNCRPD, Are the persons with autism being provided aid and assistance in the form of communication support or other devices?
  21. What aid and assistance has the Indian state provided to people with autism, to help them express their views freely on all matters affecting them, their views being given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity, on an equal basis with other children. Please provide details of all the efforts undertaken to make them communicate, till date of this application.
  22. As per the UNCRPD Article 8.1. (b) what stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with autism, including those based on sex and age, in all areas of life have been identified to deal with for making possible better and normal development of them.
  23. What prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with autism have been dealt with so far? What procedure was followed to address these? Which prejudices and harmful practices have been identified as most critical and needs to be addressed with immediate concern?
  24. Kindly provide us details of activities undertaken for complying with article 8.2.(iii). As a result of these activities, what numbers of persons (both male and female) with autism in India have been employed in different sectors? Kindly provide details of sectors where they are employed?
  25. What steps have been taken in order to address the UNCRPD Article 9.1, in context of persons with autism. Article 9.1 says "to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas."
  26. Kindly provide me details of such services (live assistance and intermediaries, including guides, readers and professional sign language interpreters) as mentioned in article 9.2.(e) of the UNCRPD for persons with autism. What kind of assistance, intermediaries, interpreters are provided to people with autism in public places like hospitals, schools, hotels and restaurants, museums, zoo, planetarium, and other places of interest? Kindly furnish number of people for assisting them in each of such places in India.
  27. What number of government-run and privately-run hospitals in India have trained staff to assist people with autism? What number of people have been trained for the same?
  28. What number of government-run, government aided, privately-run schools in India have trained staff to assist children with autism? What number of people in these schools have been trained for the same?
  29. What number of hotels and restaurants in India have trained staff to assist people with autism? What number of people have been trained for the same?
  30. What number of museums in India have trained staff to assist people with autism? What number of people have been trained for the same?
  31. What number of zoo in India have trained staff to assist people with autism? What number of people have been trained for the same?
  32. What number of planetarium in India have trained staff to assist people with autism? What number of people have been trained for the same?
  33. What steps have been taken in the direction of complying with Article 9.2.(g) of the UNCRPD? What number of people with autism have taken the benefit of these till the date of this application?
  34. Is it planned to make expenditure in this regard for persons with Autism?, If yes, please share details of the planned activities. If No, please inform when would the Ministry plan expenditure in this direction?
  35. What amount has been allocated for this activity in each plan year and what amount from that allocation have been used for people with autism? In case no separate allocation and expenditure has been made for autism, kindly share details of head under which allocation and expenditure has been made.
  36. What steps have been taken in the direction of complying with Article 9.2.(h) of the UNCRPD? What number of children with autism in India have taken the benefit of these till the date of this application?
  37. What amount has been allocated for this activity in each plan year and what amount from that allocation have been used? In case no separate allocation and expenditure has been made for autism, kindly share details of head under which allocation and expenditure has been made.
  38. Kindly furnish details of efforts which have been made till date of this application to comply with the Article 11 of the UNCRPD.
  39. What measures have been taken to meet Article 12.3 of the UNCRPD? If, till date no steps have been taken to comply with this article, what is the plan for this?
  40. Are the courts equipped with trained people to assist and interpreters for people with autism? If yes, kindly furnish what number of courts have trained people for assisting them and number of trained people for this. If no, kindly furnish details of plan for this.
  41. With regard to complying with the Article 13.2 of the UNCRPD, what number of trainings have been provided to those in the field of administration of justice, including police and prison staff for ensuring effective access to justice for persons with disabilities and in particular for persons with autism? Kindly share the details of date of the programme and number of people who have attended the programme?
  42. Kindly furnish details of efforts which have been made till date of this application to comply with Article 16.1 of the UNCRPD.
  43. Kindly furnish details of efforts which have been made till date of this application to comply with Article 16.2 of the UNCRPD, for people with autism.
  44. In compliance with the Article 16.3 of the UNCRPD which independent bodies/authorities have been formed for ensuring all facilities and programmes designed to serve persons with disabilities, in particular for people with autism? Kindly provide contact details of this body?
  45. Kindly furnish details of efforts which have been made till date of this application to comply with Article 16.4 of the UNCRPD, for people with autism.
  46. What assistive technology has been till date of this application been designed for people with autism, in order to comply with Article 20.(d) of the UNCRPD? How many people in India are currently taking benefit of these assistive technologies?
  47. Which groups/bodies have been supported for producing mobility aids, devices and assistive technologies for people with autism? What funds have been allocated in each plan year and expenditure been incurred for each plan year?
  48. With regard to Article 24.5 of the UNCRPD kindly furnish details of children with autism in primary and secondary classes in India in government run schools, government affiliated or supported schools, private schools, vocational training institutes and special schools meant for them. Kindly furnish data for the year 2001 and year 2008.
  49. Under the current Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2008, children with autism are entitled to avail free and compulsory education. What number of children with autism are eligible for free education under the above Right to Education Bill?
  50. What is the estimated requirement of special teachers to handle all these children?
  51. What special provisions in terms of special teachers, infrastructural arrangements, caregivers etc. have been made/planned for children with autism to study in normal schools and complete their elementary education?
  52. What special steps has been taken to improve their retention levels and decrease the drop-out levels?
  53. Who is looking at implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2008, for children with autism and other mental challenges? Please furnish me the Name and contact details of the same.
  54. What steps have been planned to comply with Article 31 of the UNCRPD which says "States Parties undertake to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention."
  55. In compliance to the UNCRPD Article 34, please provide me the contact details of the Committee on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities? Please also share the names and contact details of members of the Committee.
Kindly answer each question separately.
 I am to refer to your RTI Application dated 09.12.2009 on the above mentioned subject received on 13.12.2009 and to say that with regards to points 1 & 2 of your application, the process of drafting Country Report as required under Article 35 of the UNCRPD has been initiated. For information on the points from 3 to 55, your application is being transferred under Section 6(3) of RTI Act to Disability Division IV of this Ministry.


Appellate authority in the case is Dr. Arbind Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Room No. 612, A-Wing, 6th floor, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.
 I am directed to refer to your RTI application dated 9 Dec, 2009 and to say that information relating to points 3 - 48 has already been furnished by National Trust in response to your RTI application dated 6th Feb. 2009. This Division has no additional information to furnish on these points.


Appellate authority in the case is Dr. Arbind Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Room No. 612, A-Wing, 6th floor, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.


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