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Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995

Recognition of Institutions for Persons with Disabilities

      The State Government shall appoint any authority as it deems fit to be a competent authority for the purposes of this Act.

      Save as otherwise provided under this Act, no person shall establish or maintain any institution for persons with disabilities except under and in accordance with a certificate of registration issued in this behalf by the competent authority:

      Provided that a person maintaining an institution for persons with disabilities immediately before the commencement of this Act may continue to maintain such institution for a period of six months from such commencement and if he has made an application for such certificate under this section within the said period of six months, till the disposal of such application.

(1) Every application for a certificate of registration shall be made to the competent authority in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed by the State Government.

(2) On receipt of an application under sub-section (1), the competent authority shall make such enquiries as it may deem fit and where it is satisfied that the applicant has complied with the requirements of this Act and the rules made thereunder it shall grant a certificate of registration to the applicant and where it is not so satisfied the competent authority shall, by order, refuse to grant the certificate applied for :

      Provided that before making any order refusing to grant a certificate the competent authority shall give to the applicant a reasonable opportunity of being heard and every order of refusal to grant a certificate shall be communicated to the applicant in such manner as may be prescribed by the State Government.

(3) No certificate of registration shall be granted under sub-section (2) unless the institution with respect to which an application has been made is in a position to provide such facilities and maintain such standards as may be prescribed by the State Government.

(4) A certificate of registration granted under this section,

   1. shall, unless revoked under section 53, remain in force for such period as may be prescribed by the State Government.
   2. may be renewed from time to time for a like period; and
   3. shall be in such form and shall be subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by the State Government.

(5) An application for renewal of a certificate of registration shall be made not less than sixty days before the period of validity.

(6) The certificate of registration shall be displayed by the institution in a conspicuous place.

  • The competent authority may, if it has reasonable cause to believe that the holder of the certificate of registration granted under sub-section (2) of section 52 has -

             1. made a statement in relation to any application for the issue or renewal of the certificate which is incorrect or false in material particulars; or

             2. committed or has caused to be committed any breach of rules or any conditions subject to which the certificate was granted, it may, after making such inquiry, as it deems fit, by order, revoke the certificate: Provided that no such order shall be made until an opportunity is given to the holder of the certificate to show cause as to why the certificate should not be revoked.
  •  Where a certificate in respect of an institution has been revoked under sub-section (1), such institution shall cease to function from the date of such revocation:
    Provided that where an appeal lies under section 54 against the order of revocation, such institution shall cease to function -

   1. where no appeal has been preferred immediately on the expiry of the period prescribed for the filing of such appeal, or

   2. where such appeal has been preferred, but the order of revocation has been upheld, from the date of the order of appeal.
  • On the revocation of a certificate in respect of an institution, the competent authority may direct that any person with disability who is an inmate of such institution on the date of such revocation, shall be -

   1. restored to the custody of her or his parent, spouse or lawful guardian, as the case may be, or
   2. transferred to any other institution specified by the competent authority.

  •  Every institution which holds a certificate of registration which is revoked under this section shall, immediately after such revocation, surrender such certificate to the competent authority.

              (1) Any person aggrieved by the order of the competent authority refusing to grant a certificate  or revoking a certificate may, within such period as may be prescribed by the State Government, prefer an appeal to that Government against such refusal or revocation.

              (2) The order of the State Government on such appeal shall be final.

      Nothing contained in this Chapter shall apply to an institution for persons with disabilities established or maintained by the Central Government or a State Government.

Institution for Persons with Severe Disabilities

(1) The appropriate Government may establish and maintain institutions for persons with severe disabilities at such places as it thinks fit.

(2) Where, the appropriate Government is of opinion that any institution other than an institution, established under sub-section (1), is fit for the rehabilitation of the persons with severe disabilities, the Government may recognise such institution as an institution for persons with severe disabilities for the purposes of this Act:

     Provided that no institution shall be recognised under this section unless such institution has complied with the requirements of this Act and the rules made thereunder.

(3) Every institution established under sub-section (1) shall be maintained in such manner and satisfy such conditions as may be prescribed by the appropriate Government.

(4) For the purposes of this section "person with severe disability" means a person with eighty per cent. or more of one or more disabilities.

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