CHAPTER I - PRELIMINARY
CHAPTER II - REHABILITATION COUNCIL OF INDIA
- Constitution and incorporation of Rehabilitation Council of India
- Term of office of Chairperson and Members.
- Vacation of office by members
- Executive Committee and other Committees
- Member Secretary and Employees of Council
- Vacancies in the Council not to invalidate date acts, etc.
- Dissolution of Rehabilitation Council and transfer of right
CHAPTER III - FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
- Recognition of qualifications granted by University etc., in India for Rehabilitation Professionals.
- Recognition of qualification by Institutions outside India
- Rights of persons possessing qualifications included in the schedule to be enrolled
- Power to require information as to courses of study and examination
- Inspectors at examinations
- Visitors examination
- Withdrawal of recognition
- Minimum standards of education
- Registration in Register
- Privileges of persons who are registered on Register
- Professional Conduct and removal of names from Register
- Appeal against Order of removal from Register
- Information to be furnished by council and publication thereof
- Cognizance of offenses
- Protection of action taken in good faith
- Employees of Council to be public servants
- Power to make rules
- Power to make regulations
- Laying of rules and regulations before Parliament
No. 34 of 1992
THE REHABILITATION COUNCIL OF INDIA ACT 1992
(1st September, 1992)
An Act to provide for the constitution of Rehabilitation Council of India for regulating the training of rehabilitation professionals and the maintenance of a Central Rehabilitation Register and for Matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Be it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
CHAPTER I - PARLIAMENTARY
- "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Council appointed under sub-section (3) section 3;
- "Council" means the Rehabilitation Council of India constituted under section 3;
- "handicapped" means a person-
- visually handicapped;
- hearing handicapped ;
- suffering from locomotor disability; or
- suffering from mental retardation;
- "hearing handicapped" means with hearing impairment of 70 decibels and above, in better ear or total loss of hearing in both ears;
- "locomotor disability" means a person's inability to execute distinctive activities associated with moving, both himself and objects from place to place and such inability resulting from affliction of either bones joints muscles or nerves;
- "member" means a member appointed under sub-section (3) of section 3 and includes the Chairperson;
- "Member-Secretary" means the Member-Secretary appointed under sub-section (1) of section 8;
- "mental retardation" means a condition of arrested or incomplete development of mind of person which is specially characterized by sub-normality of intelligence;
- "notification means" a notification published in the Official Gazette;
- "prescribed" means prescribed by regulation;
- "recognized rehabilitation qualifications" means any of the qualifications included in the Schedule;
- "Register" means the Central Rehabilitation Register maintained under sub-section (1) of section 23;
- "regulation" means regulation made under the Act;
"rehabilitation professional" means-
- audiologists and speech therapists; clinical psychologists;
- hearing aid and ear mould technicians;
- rehabilitation engineers and technicians;
- special teachers for educating and training the handicapped;
- vocational counselors, employment officers and placement officers dealing with handicapped;
- multi-purpose rehabilitation therapists, technicians; or
- such other category of professionals as the Central Government may, in consultation with the Council, notify from time to time;
- "visually handicapped" means a persons who suffers from any of the following conditions namely -
- total absence of sight;
- visual acquity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200(snellen) in the better eye with the correcting lenses; or
- limitation of the field of vision subtending and angle of degree or worse.
Any reference in this Act to any enactment or any provision thereof shall, in relation to an area in which such enactment or such provision is not in force, be construed as a reference to the corresponding law or the relevant provision of the corresponding law is any in force is that area.
CHAPTER II - The Rehabilitation Council of India
The Council shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property both movable and immovable and to contact and shall by the said name sue and be sued
The Council shall consist of the following members, namely:-
- a Chairperson, from amongst the persons having experience in social work or rehabilitation, to be appointed by the Central Govt.;
- three members to be appointed by the Central Government to represent
respectively the Ministers of the Central Government dealing with
- Health and
- one member to be appointed by the Central Government to represent the University Grants Commission;
- one member to be appointed by the Central Government to represent the Directors General of Indian Council of Medical Research;
- two members to be appointed by the Central Government to represent the Ministry or department of the States or the Union territories dealing with Social Welfare by rotation in alphabetical order.
- such number of members not exceeding six as many be appointed by the Central Government from amongst the rehabilitation professionals representatives working in voluntary organization;
- such number of members not exceeding six as many be appointed by the Central Government from amongst the medical practitioners enrolled under the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and engaged in rehabilitation of the handicapped;
- Three members of Parliament of whom two shall be elected by
the house of the People and one by the Council of States;
- such number of members not exceeding three as may be nominated by the Central Government from amongst the social workers who are actively engaged in assisting the disabled;
- The Members-Secretary ex-officio
- The office of member of the board all not disqualify its holder for being chosen as, or for being a Member of either House of Parliament
A casual vacancy in the Council shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of sections 3 and the person so appointed shall hold office only for the remainder of the term for which the member in whose place he was appointed would have held that office
The Council shall meet at least once in each year at such time and place as may be appointed by the Council and shall observe such rules of procedure in the transaction of business at a meeting as may be presented
The Chairperson or, if for any reason, he is unable to attend the meeting of the council, any member elected by the members present from amongst themselves at the meeting shall preside at the meeting
No. Person shall be a member if he-
- is, or become of unsound mind or is so declared by a competent court; or
- is, or has been, convicted of any offence which, in the opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude; or
- is, or at any time has been adjudicated as insolvent
- becomes subject to any of the disqualification mentioned in by members section 5; or
- is absent without excuse, sufficient in the opinion of the council from three consecutive meeting of the Council; or
- ceases to be enrolled on the Indian Medical Register in the case of a member referred to in clause (g) of sub-section (3) of section 3;
The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson who
shall be member who shall be nominated by the Council from amongst its members.
The Chairperson shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee
In addition to the powers and duties conferred and imposed upon it by this Act, the Executive Committee or any other Committee shall exercise and discharge such powers and duties as the Council may confer or impose upon it by any regulations which may be made in this behalf
The Council shall, with the previous sanction of the Central Government employ such officers and other employees as it deems necessary to carry out the purpose of this Act
The Council shall, with the previous sanction of the Central Government fix the allowances to be paid to the Chairperson and other members and determine the conditions of services of the Member-Secretary, officers and other employees of the Council.
- all properties and assets, movable and immovable, of or belonging Council and to, the Rehabilitation Council shall vest in the Council.
- all the rights and liabilities of the Rehabilitation Council shall be transferred to, and be the rights and liabilities of, the Council;
- without prejudice to the provision of clause (b) all liabilities incurred all contracts entered into and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for the Rehabilitation Council immediately before the date, for or in connection with the purposes of the said rehabilitation Council shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into, or engaged to be done by, with or for, the Council;
- all sums of money due to the Rehabilitation Council immediately before that date shall be deemed to be due to the Council;
- all suits and other legal proceedings instituted or which could have been instiuted by or against the Rehabilitation Council immediately before that date may be continued or may be instituted by or against the Council; and
- every employee holding any office under the rehabilitation Council immediately before that date shall hold his office in the Council by the same tenure and upon the same terms and conditions of service as respects remuneration, leave provident fund retirement and other terminal benefits as he would have held such office as if the Council had not been constituted and shall continue to do so as an employee of the Council or until the expiry of a period of six months from the date of such employee opts not to be the employee of the Council within such period.
Explanation:-In this section "Rehabilitation Council" means the Rehabilitation Council a society and registered under the Societies Act, 1860 and functioning as such immediately before the constitution of the Council.
CHAPTER III - FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
Any University or other institution which grants qualification for the rehabilitation professional not included in the schedule may apply to the Central Government to have any such qualification recognized and the Central Government after consulting the Council may by notification, amend the Schedule so as to include such qualification therein and any such notification may also direct that an entry shall be made in the last column of the schedule against such qualifications only when granted after a specified date.
qualification included in the Schedule shall be sufficient qualifications for enrolment on the Register.
No person, other than the rehabilitation professional who process a recognized rehabilitation qualification and is enrolled in the Register-
- shall hold office as rehabilitation professional or any such office(by whatever designation called) in Government or in any institution maintained by a local or other authority;
- shall practice as rehabilitation professional anywhere in India;
- shall be entitled to sign or authenticate any certificate required by any law to be signed or authenticated by a rehabilitation professional
- shall be entitled to give any evidence in any court as an expert under section 45 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 in any matter relating to the handicapped:
professional qualification on the date of commencement of this Act, he shall be deemed to be an enrolled rehabilitation professional for a period of six months from such commencement, and if he has made an application for enrolment on the Register within said period for six months, till such application is disposed of.
Any person who acts in contravention of any provision of subsection (2) shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees or with both
The Inspectors appointed under sub-section (1) shall not interfere with the conduct of any training or examination but shall report to the Council on the adequacy of the standards of education including staff, equipment, accommodation, training and other facilities prescribed for giving such education or of the sufficiency of every examination which they attend.
The Council shall forward a copy of the report of the Inspector under sub-section (2) to the University or Institution concerned and shall also forward a copy, with the remarks of the University or the Institution thereon, to the Central Government.
Any persons whether he is a member of the Council or not,may be appointed as a visitor under sub-section (1) but a person who is appointed as an Inspector under sub-section (1) of section 15 for any inspection or examination shall not be appointed as a Visitor for the same inspection or examination.
The Visitor shall not interfere with the conduct of any training or examination but shall report to the Chairperson on the adequacy of the standards of education including staff, equipment, accommodation, training and other facilities prescribed for giving education to the rehabilitation professionals or on sufficiency of every examination which they attend.
The report of a Visitor shall be treated as confidential unless in any particular case the Chairperson otherwise, directs;
Provided that if the Central Government requires a copy of the report of a Visitor the Council shall furnish the Same
- that the courses of study and examination to be undergone in or the proficiency required from candidates at any examination held by any University or institution, or
- that the staff, equipment, accommodation training and other facilities for instruction and training provided in such University or institution do not conform to the standard prescribed by the Council, the Council shall make representation to that effect to the Central Government
On the receipt of the explanation or where no explanation is submitted within the period fixed then, on the expiry of that period, the Central Government after making such further inquiry if any, as it may think fit, may, by notification, direct that an entry shall be made in the schedule against the said recognized rehabilitation qualification declaring that it shall be the recognized rehabilitation qualification only when granted before a specified date or that the said recognized rehabilitation qualification if granted to students of a specified University or institution shall be recognized rehabilitation qualification only when granted before a specified date, or as the case may be that the said recognized rehabilitation qualification shall be recognized rehabilitation qualification in relation to a specified University or institution only when granted after a specified date.
Regarding engagement in the area of rehabilitation of the handicapped by person possessing the recognized rehabilitation qualifications, every person whose name is for the time being borne on the Register shall be entitled to practice as a rehabilitation professional in any part of India and to recover in due course of law in respect of such practice any expenses, charges is respect of medicaments or other appliances or any fees to which he may be entitled
Regulations made by the Council under sub-section (1) may specify which violation thereof shall constitute infamous conduct in any professional respect, that is to say, professional misconduct, and such provision shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force.
The Council may order that the name of any person shall be removed from the Register where it is satisfied, after giving that person a reasonable opportunity of being heard and after such further inquiry, if any as it may deem fit to make -
- that his name has been entered in the Register by error or on account of misrepresentation or suppression of a material fact;
- that he has convicted of any offence or has been guilty of any infamous conduct in any professional respect, or has violated the standard of professional conduct and etiquette or the code of ethics prescribed under sub-section (1) which, in the opinion of the Council, renders him unfit to be kept in the Register
No appeal under sub-section (1) shall be admitted if it is preferred after the expiry of a period of thirty days from the date of the order under sub-section (3) of section 21:
Provided that an appeal may be admitted after the expiry of the said period of thirty days if the appellant satisfies the Central Government that he had sufficient cause for not preferring the appeal within the said period
The Register shall be deemed to be a public document within the meaning of the Indian Evidence Act 1872 and may be proved by a copy thereof.
The Central Government may publish in such manner as it may think fit, any report, copy abstract or other information furnished to it by the Council under this section or under section 16.
Notwithstanding anything contained in the code of Criminal procedure 1973, no court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable under this Act expect upon a complaint, in writing, made by any person authorised in this behalf by the Council
- the management of the property of the council;
- the maintenance and audit of the account of the council;
- the resignation of members of the council;
- the powers and duties of the Chairperson;
- the rules of procedure in the transaction business under sub-section (3) of section 4;
- the function of the Executive Committee and other committee constituted under section 7;
- the powers and duties of the Member-Secretary under sub-section (1) of the section 8;
- the qualification, appointment powers and duties of, and procedure to be followed by Inspectors and Visitors;
- the courses and period of study or of training to be undertaken the subject of examination and standards of proficiency therein to be obtained in any university or any institution for grant of recognized rehabilitation qualification:
- the standards of staff, equipment, accommodation, training and other facilities for study or training of the rehabilitation professionals;
- the conduct of examination, qualification of examiners, and the condition of the admission to such examinations;
- the standards of professional conduct and etiquette and code of ethics to be observed by rehabilitation professional under sub-section (1) of section 21;
- the particulars to be stated, and proof of qualification to be given, in application for registration under this Act;
- the manner in which and the condition subject to which an appeal may be preferred under sub-section (1) of section 22;
- the fees to be paid on application and appeals under this Act;
- any other matter which is to be, or may be, prescribed.