02-09-2009, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
 F.No. 32-56/2009-DD III, 24-09-2009, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
 Please refer to the current Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2008, Sec. 2 which says "Provided that a child suffering from disability, as defined in clause (i) of section 2 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection and Full Participation) Act, 1996, shall have the right to pursue free and compulsory elementary education in accordance with the provisions of Chapter V of the said Act."

In this light please provide me answers to the following questions:

1. Please inform how is the Ministry planning to include children with autism under the Right to Education Bill to avail free and compulsory education in India.

2. How soon the initiatives taken by the Ministry to include autism in the list of disabilities will be completed, so that the Right to Education Bill is applicable to children with autism.

3. What is the total number of special educators required for the education of children with autism in India? What is the plan of the Ministry for making provision of special educators in sufficient numbers?
 Please refer to your letter dated 02.09.2009 received on 09.09.2009 on the above mentioned subject and to say that as far as point (2) of your letter is concerned, this Ministry is in process of amending the "Persons with Disability Act 1999" to include autism in the list of disabilities. The proposed amendment is also available on our website 'www.socialjustice.nic.in'.

2.   As regards the point 1 & 3 are concerned, the matters pertain to Ministry of Human Resource Development. Therefore, your application is being transferred under section 6(3) of RTI Act, 2005 to Ministry of Human Resources Development for providing information directly to you under intimation to this Ministry.

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