New autism bill passedMarch 7, 2019
New legislation on autism, which is scheduled to be enacted in the country, is expected to help people suffering from the condition live independently.
The Indian parliament passed the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The law amends the principal Act enacted in 1999.
The new law allows setting up of a national trust to enable persons with disability to live independently by promoting measures for their protection in case of death of their parents.
The bill also includes procedures for appointment of guardians and trustees, and facilitating equal opportunities in society, agency reports said. Under the principal Act, the chairperson and members of the board of the national trust could hold office for three years from the date of their appointment or until their successors were appointed, whichever was longer. The new bill amends this provision to fix the tenure of the chairperson and board members to three years. Also, the government will initiate the process for appointment of the chairperson or any member of the board at least six months prior to the expiry of their tenure.