Centre to issue universal I-cards for differently-abled people
Posted on: 11 Apr 2016 09:28:02
11 April 2016 Current Affairs: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar April 9,2016,the Centre has decided to issue universal identification cards for physically handicapped people across the country.Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has decided to issue universal identification card for physically handicapped people. Some states do not accept cards of other states which leads to inconvenience. Thus, to shun this, the Centre has decided to issue universal cards.Ministry has also decided to provide motor-operated wheel chairs for beneficiaries at subsidised prices.The Ministry has asked government departments in 50 cities to provide ramps for easy entry for the physically handicapped in buildings.The Ministry has been organising health camps in all parliamentary constituencies and till now 113 such camps have been held across the country. Jaipur foot and other equipment have been provided to about 1.14 lakh beneficiaries.At the camp, nearly 400 physically handicapped people were given tricycles, hearing aids, Jaipur foot and callipers.Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, AP Health Minister Dr K Srinivas were also present in the camp. COR ARS PRM.The 2011 Census says the number of disabled, which was 2.68 crore that had 1.5 crore males and 1.18 crore females.Rural areas have more disabled people than urban areas. In Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim, the disabled account for 5% of the total population, while Tamil Nadu and Assam are among those where the disabled population is less than 1.75% of the total population.According to the census, 20.3% of the disabled are movement disabled followed by hearing impaired (18.9%) and visually impaired (18.8%). Nearly 5.6% of the disabled population is mentally challenged, a classification introduced in the 2011 census.
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