Ambit of disability increased

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New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) The ambit of disability wasenhanced today by the Union Cabinet to bring children withmultiple disabilities under the scope of the Right of Childrento Free and Compulsory Education Act.

With this, children with multiple disabilities couldsoon have the right to free education sitting in the comfortsof their home.

The meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime MinisterManmohan Singh which this evening endorsed a proposal by theHuman Resources Ministry to expand the definition of''disability'' on the lines with the recommendations of aParliamentary panel which had scrutinised the Right ofChildren to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment)Bill,2010 after it was referred to it in June last year.

The recommendation of the Standing Committee on HRDthat school management committees of minority institutionsand private unaided schools should function in an advisorycapacity and not prepare school development plan is the bestway to protect the interests of minorities was also okayed inthe Cabinet meeting, sources added.

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