It took severe strictures from the Delhi High Court for the central government to decide which of its ministries was responsible for the disabled. Ever since the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act came into being in 1995, it has been gathering dust. The two concerned ministries—health, and social justice—had, till recently, disowned the disabled. Finally, lawyer Ashok Agarwal, on behalf of Social Jurist—an organisation of lawyers dealing with social issues—filed a PIL.
When, despite the court’s directives, the government did not comply, the bench ordered the joint secretaries of both the ministries to appear before it on August 9. This led the government to order, on August 6, the constitution of medical boards for the disabled