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Bills seeking to allow Divyangs in temple boards tabled in assembly

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The government on Tuesday tabled two bills- the Shri Sanwaliaji Temple Amendment Bill 2022 and the Nathdwara Temple Amendment Bill 2022- seeking to end discrimination against persons with leprosy and disabilities to temple boards. The temple boards ban nomination as the president or a member of the board if he is a minor or a deafmute or suffering from leprosy. The Supreme Court order in the case of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy vs Union of India and others held that leprosy is not a communicable disease and should not treat any person suffering from that disease with any kind of stigma or discrimination similarly, section 132 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 provides that the respective governments shall ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life and have the right to equal recognition everywhere as any other person before the law. In light of directions of the Supreme Court, the state government has decided to remove the disqualification clause of a deafmute person or a person suffering from leprosy from becoming a member or president of both the temple boards.
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