Disability, Disabled Person, Welfare of Disabled Persons

he following Act of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly received the assent of the
i Governor on the 7th June 2007 and is hereby published for general information:-
Short title, extent and commence- ment. Definitions
ACT No. 18 of 2007.
An Act to provide for establishment of a Board for welfare of the
disabled persons in the State.
Bt- it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Tamil Nadu in the Fifty-eighth
Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

  1. (1) This Act may be called the Tamii Nadu Welfare Board for the Disabled
    Persons Act, 2007.
    (2) It extends to the whole of the State of Tamil Nadu.
    (3) It shall come into force on silch date as the State Government may, by
    notification, appoint.
  2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-
    (a) “Board” means the Board established under section 3;
    (b) “disability” . means,-
    (i) visual impairment;
    (ii) low vision;
    (iii) hearing impairment;
    (iv) locomotor disability;
    (v) mental retardation;
    (vi) mental illness;
    (vii) leprosy-cured;
    (viii) cerebral palsy;
    (ix) autism;
    (x) multiple disabilities;
    (c) -disabled person ‘ means a person suffering from not less than forty per
    cent of any disability;
    of Board. –
    (d) “Fund” means a fund constituted under section 6; ‘
    (e) “Government” means the State Government;
    (f) -Member-Secretary” means the Member-Secretary of the Board;
    (g) -prescribedw means prescribed by rules.
  3. (1) The Government may, by notification, establish a Board to be known as “the Establishment
    Tamil Nadu Welfare Board for the Disabled Persons”, for implementing and administering
    various welfare measures for the disabled persons.
    (2) The Board shall be a body corporate with the name aforesaid, having
    perpetual succession and common seal, with power to acquire, hold and dispose of
    property, and to contract, and may, by that name sue or be sued.
    (3) The Board shall consist of members nominated from time to time by the
    Government representing the specialists or experts in the field of disability, the
    non-governmental organizations and the associations which are concerned with disabilities
    and the Government.
    (4) The Chairman of the Board shall be the Minister in chzrge of Social Welfare
    and the Vice-Chairman of the Board shall be the Secretary to Goverr~ment,Social Welfare
    and Nutr~t~ousMeals Programme Department. The State Comm~ss~~~ner for the Disabled
    shall be the Member-Secretary of the Board representing the Government.
    (5) After nomination of all the members of the Board, the Government shall,
    by notification, publish the names of all the members of the Board. 56 I TAMIL NADU GOVERNMENT GAZET r E EX I KAUKUI~VHKY
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    (6) The term of office of members of the Board shall be such as may be
    (7) The meet~ngsof the Board and procedures to be followed for the purpose
    and all matters supplemevtary or ancillary thereto shall, subject to the approval of the
    Government, to’regulate by the Board Itself
    Funct~onsof 4. (1) Subject to the availabil~tyof funds, the Board shall,–
    the Board
    (a) prov~defor the welfare of the d~sabledpersons including med~cal
    (b) prov~defor f~nancialassistance to the non-Governmental organizat~ons
    and associations wh~chcame forward to take care of mentally retarded persons,
    I) prov~dcbarr~crfree environment In publ~cplaces, work places, schools.

(d) prov~dearnenlt~esfor sett~ngup of spec~alschools In private sector fcr
those In need of spec~alcducat~onIn such a manner that the ch~ldrenw~thd~sab~llt~es
have access to such schools,
(e) prov~defo, training to d~sabledpersons by the non-Governmental
organizat~onand assoc~at~ons;
(f) provldz for subs~dyto needy employers who employ disabled persons
(g) perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the Government
(2) The Board shall submit to the Government, as soon as may be, after the
first day of April every year, the annual report on the activities of the Board during the
preceding year ending on thirty-first March of that year. Every report so received shall be
laid, as soon as may be, after it is received before the Legislative Assembly if it is in
session, or in the session immediately following the date of receipt of the report.
(3) In the discharge of its functions, the Board shall be bound by such directions
as the Government may, for reasons to be stated in writing, give ‘o it from time to time
Accounts and
Committee. 5. (1) The Government may, by order, constitute one or more committees with
members nominated by the Board and such committees shall be presided by an offic~al
nominated by the Government.
(2) The commit!ee shall perform s~rchduties as may be entrusted by the Board
from time to time.

  1. (1) There !hall be a Fund constituted in the name and style as the -Tam11
    Nadu Welfare Fund fc r the Disabled Persons” and all moneys received from the sources
    specified below shall be credited to such Fund namely:-
    (a) grants rece~vedfrom the Government for the purposes of carrying out
    the functions of the Board,
    (b) funds raised through donations from various institutions, philanthropists
    and by organizing cultural programmes; and
    (c) funds rece~vedfrom any other sources as may be prescr~bed
    (2) The Boara shall hold the Fund In any or,e of the Nationalised Banks ~n
    accordance wlth the ~nsiructionsof the Government Such aq account shall be jo~ntly
    operated by any two of tCle authorized slgnator~esof the Board, one of them be~ngthe
    (3) All the expenditure including cont~ngentexpenditures relat~ngto the welfare
    of the d~sabledpersons shall be met from the Fund
  2. (1) The Board shall rna~ntainproper accounts and other relevant records and
    prepare an annual statement of accounts, ~ncludlnga balance-sheet in such form
    as may be prescribed.
    (2) The account of the Board shall be aud~tedannually by such quallf~ed
    persons as the Government may appo~ntIn ti-IS behalf.

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