New Delhi: On the day when the world observed the 19th year of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ on December 3, the Central Government has decided to bring effective law to safeguard the interest and rights of the disabled.

In this regard, Social Justice Minister Mukul Wasnik said the committee formed in this regard has submitted the draft of the new act and it is being studied by the government for a final decision.

“We have started the process and the committee formed in this regard has submitted the draft. It is being examined and we are consulting people. The decision would be taken soon,” he told reporters on sidelines of a function on occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Government is reviewing the existing act — Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, formed in 1995 — to incorporate new sections for empowering people with various disabilities and for providing them more opportunities in education and career.

For better accessibility of government websites and departments by the disabled the Minister also unveiled a set of 40 templates used as public information circulars, forms, gazettes and notifications developed by IT giant Microsoft.

“Access to information is an important aspect for providing equal rights to all sections of society, including disabled people. Our Ministry has taken the lead step in making its website accessible to all people by various means.