20,000 differently-abled in Meghalaya issued UDID, Centre asks state to speed up process

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Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar has asked the Meghalaya Government to issue Unique Disability Identity Card (UDID) to each and every person with disabilities in the state. So far in Meghalaya over twenty Thousand are covered under this scheme.

“In Meghalaya all the disabled people should also be given this UDID card so that they can avail the benefits of the centrally sponsored schemes under “the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016,” Dr. Virendra Kumar said while addressing a meeting with NGOs availing schemes from the ministry of Social welfare and empowerment.

The issued card will not only bring transparency, efficiency and ease of delivering the Government benefits to the PwDs but will also ensure uniformity.

“Through this UDID card a central database Unique Disability Identity Card will be created. The process of implementation has begun as around 713 districts across the country are issuing UDID card and so far about 61 lakh Divyang people were benefited,” the Minister said.

Principal Secretary Social Welfare Sampath Kumar said, “In the state there are over 40 thousand disabled people, we have already issued UDID cards to more than 50 percent disabled people in the state, so roughly the number is over 20 thousand people have got it.”

The UDID project is envisaged to be the national database for the PwDs, for issuance of UDID Cards in order to enable PwDs to avail various concessions under schemes meant for their welfare.

The project got delayed in completion due to COVID 19 pandemic as Kumar said, “We expect by the end of this financial year we will be able to have 100 percent coverage as the project got delayed due to COVID 19 pandemic.”

It may be mentioned that over 80 percent of disabled people were living in rural areas in the state and to rehabilitate and empower them, the department of social welfare is reaching out to the rural areas of the state to issue UDID.