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Govt makes room for persons with disability to get Unique ID certificate from treating hospital | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Persons with disabilities living in any state who are planning to apply for a Unique Disability ID certification can now opt for their treating hospital located anywhere in the country for an assessment to get a certificate from the medical authority in that state itself. The hospital must be on the list of empanelled medical facilities authorised for assessment for UDID certification.
On Friday, a man from Andhra Pradesh being treated for mental health concerns at NIMHANS, Bengaluru became the first to get a UDID certificate from district authorities in Karnataka based on the assessment of the hospital.
With the first certificate done successfully and the online application form updated with the requisite fields, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) of the ministry of social justice and empowerment is also planning to write to state governments on the matter.
According to DEPwD secretary Rajesh Aggarwal the move is one of measures being taken to boost and facilitate many more eligible persons to get the UDID certification at hospitals where they are being treated for matters related to their disability. “We will be writing to the state governments to ensure that the certificates are issued seamlessly through the treating hospitals as per the protocols. In an earlier communication we have also asked states to assess the pending applications, the reasons for delay and expedite work on clearing the backlog,” he added.
According to data available with DEPwD, while so far around 90.70 lakh UDID certificates have been issued, the number of applications pending across states is estimated to be over 5 lakhs.
In keeping with the mandate of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 and rules notified in 2017, all these years certificates were only being issued by empanelled hospitals or any other notified competent authority in the district of residence of the applicant as mentioned in the proof of residence in the application. The rules also stipulate an option that the certificate may be issued by the concerned medical authority in a government hospital where he may be undergoing or may have undergone treatment in connection with his disability. However, the second option has now been made possible.
So, now applicants can either choose a treating hospital or go for any of the empanelled hospitals on the list for that particular disability in the district where they reside. The treating hospital will be able to help the applicant register for a UDID and submit the assessment and enable a certification. The form has fields that ask the applicant to fill in details about the treating hospital and the state and district it is located in.
The Census 2011 puts the number of PwDs at 2.68 crores. Clearly this number would be much higher now that the RPwD Act 2016 has expanded the ambit to recognise 21 disabilities. Therefore with over 90 lakh UDID certificates issued so far there is still a long way to go before all PwDs are brought into the database.
DEPwD officials are hoping that the move to allow treating hospitals to assess applicants and enable issuance of UDIDs will boost the process in the months ahead.

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