Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 has been finally passed by the Rajya Sabha. The new bill takes over the existing Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995.
The newly passed bill complies with the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. India signed the pact in 2007. The bill now covers a wide spectrum of laws, problems and situations faced by someone with physical disabilities, mental illness and some other illnesses.