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
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
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.