New ID cards for persons with disabilities

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For the visually impaired, a proposal for special textbooks, Braille on the currency notes has been put forward. Along with that, 15 new Braille presses are to be established and revival of 10 existing has been announced.In a unique initiative aimed at empowering disabled people, the government is planning to issue a pan-India multipurpose identity card to the about 27 million persons with disability (PwD) in India.

The card, which will be valid across the country, is likely to be launched next year and will help PwDs to easily avail benefits under various government schemes targeting them.

Currently, a disability certificate – issued to persons with over 40% disability – is required for availing government benefits.

But there have been instances where a certificate issued by one state or a government department is not accepted by another. The certificate is reviewed all over again by doctors and only when approved, can the person claim entitlement. “This often results in PwDs being subjected to harassment. The unique card will do away with this anomaly as it will be valid across India, “said a source.

The disability affairs department, under the social justice and empowerment ministry, had last week roped in the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology to prepare a detailed project report for rolling out the ID cards.

“NIC will prepare a centralised database to help identify PwDs by collating data from the census and state governments. They will also design the unique ID and recommend its implementation mechanism, “said an official.

For issuing the ID card, the ministry has proposed to hire implementation agencies in coordination with state governments.

“The agencies would be provided a hand held device to scan the disability certificates, take photographs or collect biometrics of the beneficiary. Once the scanned disability certificate is available, data entry operator can centrally verify and enter the data into the database for issuance of a unique ID card, “the official added.

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  1. i dont know the log in proecess in udid
    i am orthographically handicapped and my degree / percentage 75%

  2. from DNA news

    Government is looking into the process of issuing universal identity cards to persons with disabilities for which a survey would be conducted, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot today said. “We will speed up the process and make their identity cards. A survey would also be conducted,” he told newspersons on the sidelines of a review meeting on functioning of seven national institutions serving persons with disabilities.

    The Minister also said that adequate measures are taken to check irregularities while implementing schemes for the beneficiaries of Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry. “We have an elaborate monitoring system in place. The State Governments also have their respective monitoring systems to check the implementation of the schemes,” he stressed.

    Gehlot noted that if the criteria of more than 40% is applied, then there are 7.5 crore disabled people in the country. “As per norms, if a person has more than 40% disability, he is disabled….. But those with less disability should also be consider as disabled,” he added. “Those with less than 40% disability should also come under definition of disability for being accorded disabled status… We are working in that direction,” the Minister said.

    Gehlot also observed that the actual number of persons with disabilities was not available due to a variety of reasons ranging from absence of proper certificates to identity cards. “There are about 7.5 crore disabled people in the country. But it is a fact we have not been able to get the exact numbers. There are several reasons for it,” he stated. The reasons could be that persons with disabilities may not have identity cards or they do not have physician certificates about the percentage of their disability,

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