Mandatory online certification of disability through UDID portal from June 1Ability India
The Centre has made it mandatory for all States and UTs to issue the certificate of disability through online mode from 1st June 2021. The certificate will be issued only using Unique Disability ID portal. The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has issued a Gazette notification in this regard. The Department of Health and Department dealing with disability matters in States and UTs have been advised to take immediate steps to ensure compliance of this notification. The move will ensure complete digitization of certification of disability besides providing a viable mechanism for cross-checking genuineness of the certificate to achieve pan-India validity, and simplifying the process for the benefit of Divyangjan.
The central Govt notified the RPD rules 2017, under RPWD Act 2016, which mandates the central Govt to appoint a date making it mandatory for the state/UT authorities to issue certificate of disability through online mode.
The central advisory board on Disability headed by Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment discussed this issue in its last meeting held on 26 November 2020, and recommended mandatory online disability certificate from April. However, keeping in view the elections in some state/UT during March-April 2021, the online certification has now been made mandatory from june 1. The UDID project is under implementation since 2016. Concerned authorities of all states/UTs have been imparted training by DEPwD for working on the UDID portal. “Unique ID for Persons with Disabilities” project is being implemented with a view of creating a National Database for Persons with Disability (PwDs) and to issue a Unique Disability Identity Card to each person with disabilities. The project will not only encourage transparency, efficiency and ease of delivering the government benefits to the person with disabilities but also ensure uniformity. The project will also help in streamlining the tracking of physical and financial progress of beneficiary at all levels of hierarchy of implementation from Village level, Block level, District level , State level and National level.
This will ensure complete digitization of certification of disability from June 1, besides providing a viable mechanism for cross checking the authenticity of the certificate to achieve pan -india validity and simplifying the process for the benefit of persons with disabilities.
The department of empowerment of persons with disabilities