07-02-2009 to the Ministry of Human Resource Development
 All the Responses
 Recently the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2008 has been passed by the Union Cabinet. Please refer to Section 2 of the Bill 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."

The Right to Education Bill shall apply to all the children in India as per Honorable Prime Minister's Independence Day Speech, and so also include children with autism. Also note that the occurrence of autism is 1 in 250 as per a conservative estimate of the rehabilitation Council of India in 2004.

In light of this information please answer

1. What are the plans of the Ministry for children with autism to avail the benefit of the Right to Education Bill.
F.No.11-5/2009-IE, signed 5-10-2009, MHRD
Forwarded to Director (VS) and Director (PKT)

 F.No. 15-1/2009-EE-4, dated 25-09-2009
Please refer to your application dated 7.9.2009 seeking information under RTI Act, 2005. We have to furnish following requisite information in respect of Point No.1 of your application:-

"After receiving the assent of the President, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. has been published in the Gazette of India on 27th August, 2009.A copy of the aforesaid Act is enclosed for your information. As would be evident from the Act, all children in the age group of 6-14 years are entitled to free and compulsory education.; Accordingly, all children with autism belonging to that age group are covered under the Act."

Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009