Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, December 9th
Disabled people can apply for the Unique Disability Identity Card (UDID) at the Sewa Kendras or state hospitals at the district / block / Tehsil level or online online, said Deputy Commissioner Ghanshaym Thori.
The DC said in a big respite for the particularly disabled people that the government had decided to issue them a UDID and sign up for the card. The particularly disabled can apply through Sewa Kendras or state hospitals by bringing their Aadhaar Card, Voter Card or proof of age and a passport photo.
He said special camps would be organized at the civil hospital for the medical examination on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and applicants could visit the hospital where orthopedists, ENT specialists, psychiatrists, pediatrics and others will physically examine them before the disability certificate is issued.
He said the cards were issued not only to promote transparency, efficiency and ease of providing government benefits to people with disabilities, but also to ensure consistency.
The DC said maps would also help streamline tracking of beneficiaries’ physical and financial progress at all levels of the implementation hierarchy – from the village level, block level, district level, state level, and national level. He said this would be a great relief for the particularly disabled as they would not have to keep going to hospitals to get a medical certificate.
Likewise, he said the UDID would be the only document that would extend the benefits of government systems to those with special skills. Dr. Anu, Nodal Officer for the UDID program, said, “The UDID will have a QR code that will help identify credentials for individuals with special skills. This will help enable the visually impaired to move freely on government buses and give others with special disabilities a 50 percent discount. “