National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD)

National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) constituted the National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD) in 2008. NCRPD is a Committee of 20-25 key leaders and experts from the Indian disability movement. It was set up to work like a think tank and an idea centre to mainstream disability issues and develop advocacy campaigns.

NCRPD Members during a meeting in 2014.

The committee developed from the idea that the role of disability activists does not stop at just lobbying but also to be watchdogs of the nodal agencies working for people with disability. With India ratifying the UNCRPD in 2007, the formation of the National Committee is to look into which areas are neglected and which need to be worked on, to mainstream disability into the national agenda.

Over the past few years, NCRPD has not only come up with path-breaking ideas but also led to advocacy campaigns that saw those ideas materialise into tangibles. For instance, the idea of a new disability rights law was floated by NCRPD in early 2009, which led to the Government forming a Committee to draft the new law. Another example is the recently passed National Policy on Universal Electronics Accessibility. NCRPD not only floated the idea but also played a huge role in the drafting of this policy.

Recently, the main focus of NCRPD has been largely on accessibility among other disability related issues. The following 5 key ministries have been advocated with for ensuring policy change or effective implementation of a policy with respect to improving accessibility of persons with disabilities:

  1. Ministry of Railways
  2. Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
  3. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
  4. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  5. Ministry of Urban Development

Following are the current members of the National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD):

  1. A. S. Narayanan
    General Secretary
    National Association of the Deaf, New Delhi
  2. Abdul Mabood
    SNEHI, New Delhi
  3. Amarjit Singh Anand
    Chaanan Association for M.R., Punjab
  4. Ankit Rajiv Jindal
    Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre, Karnataka
  5. Anuj Jain
    Project Director
    National Association of the Deaf, New Delhi
  6. Arman Ali
    Executive Director
    Shishu Sarothi, Assam
  7. Avelino de Sa
    Disability Rights Association of Goa, Goa
  8. Dr. Kshama Metre
    National Director, CORD
    Chinmaya Tapovan Trust, Himachal Pradesh
  9. Diethono Nakhro
    Disability Rights Activist
  10. G. Syamala
    Executive Director
    AADI – Action for Ability Development and Inclusion, New Delhi
  11. Garimella Subramaniam
    Deputy Editor
    The Hindu, Tamil Nadu
  12. General Ian Cardozo
    Vice President
    War Wounded Foundation, New Delhi
  13. Geeta Chaturvedi
    Director of Programming and Research Development
    VISHWAS (Vision for Health Welfare And Special Needs), Haryana
  14. Javed Ahmad Tak
    Honorary Chairman
    Humanity Welfare Organisation – Helpline, Jammu & Kashmir
  15. Kanchan Pamnani
    Advocate & Solicitor
    Mumbai High Court, Maharashtra
  16. Ketan Kothari
    Sightsavers India, Maharashtra
  17. Ketna Mehta
    Nina Foundation, Maharashtra
  18. M. Srinivasulu
    Network of the Persons with Disability Organisation, Telangana
  19. Meenu Bhambhani
    VP & Head – Corporate Social Responsibility
    Mphasis Ltd., Karnataka
  20. Mohit Singla
    Independent Consultant
    Uttar Pradesh
  21. Mridu Goel
    Handicare, Uttar Pradesh
  22. Neha Arora
    Planet Abled, New Delhi
  23. Nidhi Goyal
    Gender and Disability Rights Advocate
  24. Nita Panchal
    Disability Advocacy Group, Gujarat
  25. Paul Ramanathan
    Managing Trustee/CEO,
    Sama Foundation, Karnataka
  26. Pradeep Raj
    General Secretary
    Association for Disabled People, New Delhi
  27. Rama Chari
    Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre, Karnataka
  28. Rupmani Chettri
    Programme Associate
    HAQ : Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi
  29. Sachin Singh
    Dr. Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University, Uttar Pradesh
  30. Sakshi Broota
    Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC), Haryana
  31. Sapam Jasowanta Singh
    Secretary General
    Handicapped Development Foundation, Manipur
  32. Shanti Auluck
    Founder President
    Muskaan, New Delhi
  33. Sruti Mohapatra
    General Secretary
    Swabhimaan, Odisha
  34. Shilpi Kapoor
    Barrier Break, Maharashtra
  35. Suvarna Raj
    International Para Athlete
    Association for Disabled People, New Delhi
  36. Tulika Das
    Sanchar, West Bengal
  37. Ummul Kher
    Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  38. V. Narsappa
    Association of People Affected by Leprosy, Telangana
  39. Vandana Bedi
    Consultant, Disability & Development, New Delhi
  40. Zorin Singha
    National Association of the Deaf, Uttar Pradesh

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