[AI] draft guidelines for medical certificate

Ashwani Jassal ashwanijassal at gmail.com
Wed Aug 29 12:23:44 EDT 2007


good suggestion and should be considered.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Venkat Devabattini" <venkat.devabattini at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 5:19 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] draft guidelines for medical certificate


>I also feel it worth considering.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mohammed Asif Iqbal" <asifmaiqbal at hotmail.com>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:31 AM
> Subject: Re: [AI] draft guidelines for medical certificate
>
>
>> Dear Rajesh,
>> 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
>> centric.
>> Thanks and regards
>> Asif
>>
>>
>> ----- 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
>>
>>
>> friends
>>
>> 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:
>>
>> disability certificate.pdf
>> 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
>> http://socialjustice.nic.in/disabled/welcome.htm
>> for seeking comments
>> of all concerned.
>> The comments may please be sent latest by 31
>> st
>> 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).
>> Shape
>> 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
>> educational and
>> professional institutions, and for judicial determination of compensation
>> claims.
>> Type-II- for benefits like- disability pension, unemployment allowance,
>> poverty
>> alleviation schemes, income tax exemptions, excise and custom duty
>> exemptions,
>> ADIP Scheme, special school admission, travel concessions in Railways,
>> Buses,
>> airways, waterways etc.
>> Certification mechanism for Type-I Certificates:
>> Present system of Medical Boards will continue. Medical Boards can hire
>> the
>> services
>> of private practitioners, resource centres etc by payment of required 
>> fee,
>> to be
>> determined by the District Medical Board.
>> Certification mechanism for Type-II Certificates:
>> Doctors at Primary Health Centres may be authorized to issue disability
>> certificate for
>> disabilities, which are easily discernible to naked eye. This will 
>> include
>> locomotor
>> disability- amputation or paralysis of limbs and visual disability-
>> blindness. Ready
>> reckoner will be developed for use by PHC doctors.
>> For the cases involving non-visible locomotor disabilities, Cerebral
>> Palsy,
>> Leprosy-
>> 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
>> given below:
>>
>> table with 4 columns and 7 rows
>> S. No.
>> Type of Disability
>> Expert Doctor*
>> Assisting paramedic/ rehabilitation professional*
>> 1.
>> Locomotor Disability (cases with non-visible disability)/ Cerebral Palsy,
>> Leprosy-Cured
>> Orthopedic Surgeon
>> Occupational Therapist/ Physiotherapist
>> 2.
>> Visual Disability (Low Vision)
>> Ophthalmologist
>> Optometrist with required facility
>> 3.
>> Hearing Disability
>> ENT Specialist
>> Audiologist/ speech pathologist having access to audiometric lab 
>> facility/
>> resource center
>> 4.
>> Mental Retardation/ Autism
>> Psychiatrist/
>> Clinical
>> Psychologist/
>> Psychologist with
>> training and
>> experience of 5
>> years/Special
>> Educator with
>> training and
>> experience of 5
>> years
>> Psychologist/ Special educator
>> 5.
>> Mental Illness
>> Psychiatrist/ Clinical Psychologist
>> Psychologist
>> 6.
>> Multiple Disability
>> Board under the chairmanship of CMO with required expert doctors
>> Concerned paramedical personnel
>> table end
>>
>> * Should be preferably from Government, if readily available. Otherwise, 
>> a
>> private
>> doctor/ paramedic/ rehabilitation professional as empanelled by the
>> District
>> Medical
>> Board may be utilized for the purpose.
>> Appellate for the certificate issued
>> The appeal against any certificate issued may be preferred to an 
>> Appellate
>> Medical
>> Board, to be constituted in each Government Medical College with required
>> experts.
>> Choice of experts for the Board will be made by the Head of the
>> Institutions.
>> 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
>> disabilities,
>> 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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