The Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, West Bengal has been set up under Section 60 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights & Full Participation) Act, 1995 and has been mandated to take steps to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. The State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities is Smt. Ranu Bhattacharya, WBCS (Exe.).
As per Census 2011, there were 2,17,406 (2.21% of the Population) persons with disabilities in the State of West Bengal.
This was published on 1st January 1996 and was notified on 7th February, 1996. The Persons with Disabilities Act basically enlists facilities that persons with different types of disabilities would be entitled to and the responsibilities and obligations which are placed on the Government of India, State Governments, local bodies and establishments in this behalf. It broadly includes measures for prevention and early detection of disabilities, education, employment, social security, research and manpower development, barrier-free access and preferences and facilities that are available to such persons and the action which needs to be taken to avoid any discrimination against persons with disabilities.
It has been provided in the Act that there shall be a Chief Commissioner at the Govt. of India level and a Commissioner in each State of the Union/UT,
Section 61 - Powers of the Commissioner - The Commissioner within the State shall -
Commissioner to look into complaints with respect to matters relating to deprivation of rights of persons with disabilities - Without prejudice to the provisions of section 61 the Commissioner may of his own motion or on the application of any aggrieved person or otherwise look into complaints with respect to matters relating to -
The Commissioneris vested with the power of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure. The proceedings before the Commissioner shall be judicial proceedings within the meaning of Section 193 and 228 of the IPC and it shall be deemed to be a Civil Court for this purpose.
It will be our pleasure to respond to any query or suggestions.
For any information, please contact:
Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, West Bengal
45, Ganesh Chandra Avenue, 3rd floor, Kolkata -700 013
Telefax : 033 2237 4731/ 5379