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Centre to introduce universal ID for persons with disabilities

The Centre has decided to come out with a universal ID for persons with disability which will be valid throughout the country, a move which will allow the differently-abled to easily avail the benefit of various schemes and reservation.

MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar also said that the government is drawing up a new Act which will include another 12 types of physical disabilities.

“The physically-handicapped certificates issued by the state governments are not recognised by one another. So, the Centre is coming out with a universal ID which will be valid everywhere in the country,” he said at a workshop here on prevention of corneal blindness. He said the government is working on a new Act which will include 12 more types of physical disabilities.

“The existing Act recognises only seven types of disabilities, but we are coming out with a new Act which will include another 12 types of physical disabilities,” he said.

The minister also talked about the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan, a campaign for making India ‘disabled-friendly’.
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