Silly idea of Decriminalizing RPWD act 2016 for Enhancement of Ease of Doing Business in India.
Ministry of corporate affair’s, government of India has plan to decriminalize and dilute the provisions of RPWD act 2016 to enhance ease of doing business and attract forign direct investment in India. I am Unable to understand who has shared this idea with the union government and how government has taken it’s cognizance without understanding its impact. I would like to ask that how many businesses have suffered by the provisions of RPWD act since last 4 years? And what level? Do the provisions of RPWD act are really becoming hurdles before businesses? Answer is obvious no.
So we have to register protest against the Union government’s decision of dechriminalising RPWD act and diluting it’s penal provisions in the interest of improvising ease of doing business in India.
Several developed nations like USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, European nations are having high ranking of ease of doing business despite of their disability laws are stronger than India.
The RPWD act 2016 it self is having soft penalties against its non compliance result of which no government, non government or corporate organizations adhere any compliances enforced by the act. Even 5 percent of its provisions are not yet implemented since last 4 and half years due to which millions of persons with disabilities who are already are marginalized and suffering alot.
None of the banking services, e-learning services, E-commerse services, transport services, organizational Built infrastructure are even partially accessible for persons with disabilities. Almost Corporate organizations falsely Clame that their products and services are accessible for persons with disabilities. No employees with disabilities in india is getting farely good accessible environment and facilities from corporate organizations. Research revealed that only few industries have equal employment opportunities policy that to only on paper. Its implementation is hardly observed on ground. No organization or individuals have fear of non compliance of RPWD act 2016. Data revealed that very few cases are filed against government or corporate organizations since enactment of the law and industries are least suffered.
Hence i firmly believe that the current provisions of RPWD act 2016 will not be hurdle for ease of doing business and decriminalizing the act will not affect positively. On the contrary persons with disabilities will be suffered a lot specially in accessible products and services, inaccessible environment for employees with disabilities. Persons with disabilities will become agrasive and protest against industries if they will not get firm legal solutions and infact such messed environment will discourage investment and ease of doing business. The development should be sustainable and holistic. Not in the interest of deterioration of life of individuals with disabilities.
Considering these crucial points, the concern authorities should drop the decision of decriminalizing and diluting the penal provisions of RPWD act 2016 in the interest of improvising ease of doing business.