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The Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities was set up under Section 57 (1) of the erstwhile Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995 and continues to function under Section 74 of the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The Chief Commissioner is mandated to coordinate the work of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities, monitor utilization of funds disbursed by the Central Government and take steps to safeguard the rights and facilities made available to the persons with disabilities.
The Chief Commissioners may also, on his own motion, or on the application of any aggrieved persons or otherwise looks into complaints relating to deprivation of rights of persons with disabilities or non-implementation of rules, bye-laws, regulations, executive orders, guidelines, or instructions etc. made or issued for the welfare and protection of rights of persons with disabilities and take up the matter with the concerned authorities. The Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has been assigned certain powers of a Civil Court for effective discharge of the functions.
Commissioner’s office has been an accessible and expeditious site of dispute resolution for PwDs. Most proceeding before the Chief Commissioner relates to matters of employment, promotion or service. Relief, granted to petitioners before the Chief Commissioner, includes directions for reinstatement and advisories to establishments to ensure that PwDs are not discriminated against.