|The National Trust|
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The National Trust is an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, set up under the “National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities” Act (Act 44 of 1999)
The National Trust was set up to find an answer to the worries of parents -
"What will happen to my child when I am no more?"
Disabilities under The National Trust Act
The National Trust works for the welfare of persons with any of the following four disabilities:
The basic objectives of the National Trust are:-
What is Guardianship?
Special situation of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities.
Persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities are in a special situation as even after they have acquired 18 years of age, they may not always be capable of managing their own lives or taking legal decisions for their own betterment. Therefore, they may require someone to represent their interests in the legal areas throughout their lives. However, in cases of cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities, there may be a need for only limited guardianship because of the availability of enabling mechanisms and/ or scientific facilitations which enable such persons to function with varying degrees of independence.
Legal Guardianship under the National Trust Act
Under section 14 of the National Trust Act, the Local Level Committee headed by the District Collector is empowered to receive application in Form A under Rule 16(1) & appoint legal guardians in Form B under Rule 16(2) for persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Multiple Disabilities. It also provides mechanism for monitoring and protecting their interests including their properties.
Why Legal Guardian ?
It is the function of the Local Level Committee to indicate in its order of appointment the obligations to be fulfilled by the guardian appointed by it. These obligations will pertain to taking care of the person and/ or property and maintenance of the person with disability. Each case will have to be dealt with separately by the Committee and such obligations or duties will have to be specifically pointed out in the order of appointment. The Committee has to ensure that the person with disability is living in the same area in which the guardian to be appointed is living so that it becomes possible for the guardian to execute his duties and fulfill his obligations towards the ward.
Local Level Committee has to ensure that the Legal Guardian appointed by it –
Source: The National Trust
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