Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said on Wednesday that the central government will issue ‘Universal Identity Cards’ to all the disabled in the country and a survey would begin next month to determine the exact number of people with disabilities.
Mr Gehlot said, “The census figure does not provide a clear and proper picture on the actual number of disabled persons. Our ministry has decided to conduct a country-wide survey to identify people with disabilities and issue them universal identity cards”.
The proposed survey will begin the next month and would be completed by March 2015.
The proposed multipurpose cards would enable the persons with disabilities to avail treatment and other facilities in any part of the country.
He said, “Elaborate deliberations have been undertaken during the last two months pertaining to the proposed exercise to identify people with disabilities and issue those cards”.
He added, “preparations are on for the purpose. Though a person is recognised as disabled if he/she has more than 40 per cent disability as per norms, those with less degree of physical deformity should also be considered as disabled and issued identity cards”.
Mr Gehlot said people with 70 to 90 per cent disability would be supplied motorised tricycles costing about Rs 45,000 each for which the Centre would give Rs 30,000 subsidy each.