Right to Information Act Disabled and Senior citizens Welfare

Chapter 1

1.1      BACKGROUND
           The Right to information Act,2005 No.22 of 2005 received the assent of the President of India on the 15th June 2005. The Act is to provide for setting out the practical regime of Right to Information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of Public Authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the Constitution of a Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters connected there which are incidental thereto. The Act extends to the whole of India except the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

1.2      OBJECTIVE OF INFORMATION HANDBOOK
          Under Section 4 (1) (b) of the RTI Act 2005, casts an obligation on every Public Authority to publish information on 17 Manuals referred to their in  within the expiry of 120 days, from the date of enactment of the Act.
To comply with, this Information Hand Book is published for the use of public.

1.3      USERS OF THE HAND BOOK
          Citizens, Civil Society Organizations, Public Representatives, Officers and Employees of Public Authorities including Public Information Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers and Appellate Officers, Central and State Information Commissions etc., are the uses of this hand book.

1.4      DISABALED AND SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE DEPARTMENT

Andhra Pradesh has the distinct record of establishing an independent department in 1983 and an independent corporation for the welfare of disabled named as Andhra Pradesh Vikalangula Cooperative Corporation in 1981.  The Disabled and Senior Citizens Welfare department is headed by the Commissioner. 

After enactment of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full participation) Act, 1995, which has come into force w.e.f. 07.02.1996, the State Government have decided to adopt and implement various provisions of the Act.  The State Government have also prescribed Rules for implementation of various provisions of the Act. 

The Disabled and Senior Citizens Welfare Department is implementing the National Trust for Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999.  The Disabled and Senior Citizens Welfare Department also implements National Policy for Older Persons in Andhra Pradesh.

The Department is having 23 subordinate offices headed by the Assistant Director, Disabled and Senior Citizens Welfare covering all the districts of A.P. 

5 Residential Schools for Visually Impaired, 6 Residential Schools for Hearing Impaired, One Residential Junior College for Hearing Impaired at Bapatla and one Residential Junior College for Visually Impaired at Mahaboobnagar headed by the Principal of respective School / College, are being maintained by the Department. Wherein about 1850 Students are provided admission in these Institutions.

40 Hostels and 3 Homes are functioning under the control of the Assistant Directors of concerned district and nearly 4215 disabled students are being benefited through these Institutions.

FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT 

    • To implement educational programmes through Residential Schools and hostels and by sanctioning of scholarships.
    • To improve the quality of implementation of various programs at field level.
    • To ensure effective supervision for implementation of all relevant Acts.
    • To ensure effective management of homes/hostels and other institutions.
    • To Endeavour for growth with Social Justice in the field of development.
    • To give a thrust and direction to the developmental activities.
    • To ameliorate the economic and social status of disabled.
    • To ensure flow of funds for the implementation of programs and schemes
    • To ensure effective implementation of National Policy for Older Persons in Andhra Pradesh.