India: Unique ID cards for all the persons with disability

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India is in the process of implementing a project to provide a unique ID card to persons with disabilities aimed at creating a national data base that will enable the government to have real time information on their level of education, income and employment status, the UN was told.

“Data and statistics on persons with disabilities is key to their inclusion in the implementation of the Agenda 2030,” said Vinod Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He said the Indian government is in the process of implementing the ‘Unique ID for Persons with Disabilities’ project with a view to create a national data base for persons with disabilities, and issue them an unique ID card.

“This would also enable the government to have genuine and real time data on disability covering various aspects such as level of education, income, employment status,” he said, adding that the government has also decided to establish the first Central University for Disability Studies and Research in Kerala. Aggarwal said the explicit inclusion of persons with disabilities in the global vision of the people-centric, universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a “significant” achievement for the international community.

Source: The Indian Express

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