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Harmonized Guidelines and Space Standards for Universal Accessibility in India

  • 16 Jun 2023
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Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standards for Universal Accessibility in India-2021 prepared by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has been amended in RPwD (Amendment) Rules, 2023.

What are Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standards for Universal Accessibility in India-2021?

  • It is a set of rules and standards for making the physical environment, transportation, information and communication, and other facilities and services accessible for persons with disabilities (PwDs) in India.
    • The guidelines are a revision of the Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standards for Barrier-Free Built Environment for Persons with Disabilities and Elderly Persons released in 2016.
    • Earlier, the guidelines were for creating a barrier-free environment, but now, the focus is on universal accessibility.
  • The guidelines are not just for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), but also for those involved in planning projects, from the construction of government buildings to master-planning cities.
  • The nodal ministry for the implementation of the guidelines is the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

What is the Legislative Framework Related to PwDs in India?

UPSC Civil Services Examination, Previous Year Question (PYQ)

Prelims:

Q. India is home to lakhs of persons with disabilities. What are the benefits available to them under the law? (2011)

  1. Free schooling till the age of 18 years in government run schools.
  2. Preferential allotment of land for setting up business.
  3. Ramps in public buildings.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Ans: (d)


Mains

Q. Does the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 ensure effective mechanism for empowerment and inclusion of the intended beneficiaries in the society? Discuss. (2017)

Source: PIB

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