Procedure to get disability certificate simplified: Govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 20:26
  
New Delhi: The process for obtaining certificates to prove physical handicap has been simplified under which the signature of only one doctor is needed except in cases of multiple disabilities.

The new guideline comes into force with the government amending the Persons with Disabilities Rules, 1996, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik today said.

Inaugurating the 9th National Meeting of Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities here, Wasnik said "the format of disability certificate has been simplified requiring signature of a single doctor other than in cases of multiple disabilities".

He asked state governments to amend the rules accordingly and ensure greater involvement in the process.

As per 2001 census, 21.9 million people are disabled in India.

Wasnik said the meeting assumed significance against the backdrop of India's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

He also said that the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 is being amended to harmonise it with the UNCRPD.

The minister said the newly launched scheme of Inclusive Education for the Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) would enable children with disabilities to enjoy their right to school education on equal basis with others.

Wasnik had recently written to the states to ensure that the all government buildings are made barrier free.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 20:26


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