[AI] draft guidelines for medical certificate
Mohammed Asif Iqbal
asifmaiqbal at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 29 02:01:34 EDT 2007
I am currently working on preparing detail project report for E-governance
initiative for department of social welfare, government of West Bengal along
with three member team. We were hired by department of IT , government of
west Bengal to e-enable the service. One of the service which we are
E-enabling is that issue of PWD identity card.
the point which I am trying to make out is that if you ask them to include
E-enabling of generating this certificate which should be recognized through
out India. It would be great if this certificate could be issued as
multi-purpose card such as to obtain concenssional railway ticket, air
ticket, etc. This would result in less harassment and much more citizen
Thanks and regards
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rajesh Asudani" <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:06 AM
Subject: [AI] draft guidelines for medical certificate
As you may be aware, Ministry of social justice and empowerment has invited
comments on new draft procedure for issuing medical certificates of
disability. I find the procedure unnecessarily complicated,
compartmentalised and cumbursome. It would generate worst confusion and
difficulties in the guise of enabling every one to obtain certificates
easily by simplifying and streamlining the procedure, as claimed by MSJ.
I wonder who were the stake holders who have suggested such needless
modifications, as MSJ claims to have consulted stake holders.
However, as it has invited comments from laypersons like you and me before
august 31, I am in the process of drafting them and would appreciate any
suggestions. I would put the comments in the list before forwarding them.
one thing, I would like to plead here. We have, on our list, a host of
persons related to various NGOs working in the field of blind. whenever
there are such moves of comments by stake holders like recent meets on
amendments in PWD act or consultations on the part of government/ministries
which sure must include their NGOs, process of identification of jobs etc.,
can they not, put a word on the list so that they may benefit from large
gathering of intellectually sophisticated audience?
Here is the draft procedure pasted for the reference and comments of all:
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi
To simplify and streamline the procedure of issue of Disability
Certificates to the Persons with Disabilities, the Government had set up a
Committee, under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary of the
Ministry. The committee after holding a number of meetings and in
consultation with the stakeholders has drafted a revised procedure,
which is being put on the Ministry's website
for seeking comments
of all concerned.
The comments may please be sent latest by 31
August, 2007 to Sh.
Ashish Kumar, Secretary of the Committee and Deputy Director General,
Room No. 610, 'A' Wing, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi - 110001 (Phone &
Fax No. 23383853, E-mail:
kmashish at nic.in).
Proposed Procedure for Issue of Disability Certificate
Disability certificates may be classified in two types:
Type I- for obtaining benefits like- employment, admission to higher
professional institutions, and for judicial determination of compensation
Type-II- for benefits like- disability pension, unemployment allowance,
alleviation schemes, income tax exemptions, excise and custom duty
ADIP Scheme, special school admission, travel concessions in Railways,
airways, waterways etc.
Certification mechanism for Type-I Certificates:
Present system of Medical Boards will continue. Medical Boards can hire the
of private practitioners, resource centres etc by payment of required fee,
determined by the District Medical Board.
Certification mechanism for Type-II Certificates:
Doctors at Primary Health Centres may be authorized to issue disability
disabilities, which are easily discernible to naked eye. This will include
disability- amputation or paralysis of limbs and visual disability-
reckoner will be developed for use by PHC doctors.
For the cases involving non-visible locomotor disabilities, Cerebral Palsy,
Cured, Hearing impairment, Low Vision, Mental retardation, Autism and Mental
Illness, the certificate may be issued by a specialist doctor of that
specialty with the
assistance of paramedical or rehabilitation personnel/ resource center as
table with 4 columns and 7 rows
Type of Disability
Assisting paramedic/ rehabilitation professional*
Locomotor Disability (cases with non-visible disability)/ Cerebral Palsy,
Occupational Therapist/ Physiotherapist
Visual Disability (Low Vision)
Optometrist with required facility
Audiologist/ speech pathologist having access to audiometric lab facility/
Mental Retardation/ Autism
experience of 5
experience of 5
Psychologist/ Special educator
Psychiatrist/ Clinical Psychologist
Board under the chairmanship of CMO with required expert doctors
Concerned paramedical personnel
* Should be preferably from Government, if readily available. Otherwise, a
doctor/ paramedic/ rehabilitation professional as empanelled by the District
Board may be utilized for the purpose.
Appellate for the certificate issued
The appeal against any certificate issued may be preferred to an Appellate
Board, to be constituted in each Government Medical College with required
Choice of experts for the Board will be made by the Head of the
The appeal can be made only by the person who feels that the certificate
issued to him
has not taken into account relevant factors. In case of children with
appeal can be filed by the natural/ legal guardian.
There will be fee for making appeal before the Appellate Board. The amount
of fee will
be prescribed by the State Government.
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