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Disabled Indians to Be Provided Unique ID Cards for Welfare

This is aimed at creating a national database for people belonging to the PWD category.

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  • India is implementing a project to provide a unique ID card to persons with disabilities. The aim is to create a national database that enables the government to keep track of the education, income and employment status of people belonging to the PWD category.

  • The government, according to the Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has also decided to establish the first Central University for Disability Studies and Research in Kerala.

  • About 27 million persons with disabilities live in India, constituting about two percent of its population. India is in the process of harmonising the main legislation of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). A ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill’ is under consideration in Parliament.

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