Database for the disabled

Database for the disabled

New Delhi, April 29: The government has floated a draft proposal to create a national database for people with disabilities.

The proposal seeks to link the unique disability identification card - a smart card for all people with disabilities - to a central database to "ensure homogeneity and uniformity and streamlining the tracking of the physical and financial progress of benefit delivery at all levels".

The ministry had in October last year floated the idea of a unique identity card for the disabled which would record information on their personal details, identity, employment details, education, and bank account number in one smart card.

The card, which, according to officials would reach around 22.6 million disabled people by March 2016, would act as a one-stop document for them to access government benefits.

According to the proposal by the ministry of social justice and empowerment, persons with disabilities can upload all personal information on the database and then apply for a disability certificate, which enables them to apply for benefits, and the smart card. If they already have a smart card, they can use it to log onto the database to register themselves.

"A national database... is essential in order to cover each and every person with a disability and encourage transparency, efficiency, and ease of delivering the government benefits... at all levels..." the proposal says.

The database, to be created by the social justice ministry's department for disability, would also help weed out fake certificates.

As of now, only 10.5 million people with disabilities have disability certificates. An estimated 16.2 million are yet to apply for their certificates, keeping them outside the purview of government schemes.

Source: Telegraph India

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