Ranchi: Several districts in Jharkhand have launched a special fortnight-long drive for identifying people with disabilities, following an order by the state governments to trace and prepare unique disability IDs for all such groups by March 31 in order to link them with different welfare schemes.
Officials at the state social welfare department said that currently, around five lakh people with disabilities reside in Jharkhand but around 2.74 lakh do not have a disability certificate. “The drive is aimed at mapping all such persons with disabilities,” an official said. The drive could not be conducted earlier owing to the pandemic, the official added.
In Ranchi, an official in the district social welfare department said that a three-member medical board has been constituted for mandatory health check-up of the beneficiaries before issuing them a disability certificate. “People have started submitting their applications. Once the medical board under the civil surgeon’s office certifies them, we have to enrol them on the national database site (https://www.swavlambancard.gov.in/) for issuance of digital certificates and creation of their unique disability ID.” The official added that post Holi, the drive will assume pace. In Deoghar, where the drive was launched on Monday, the deputy commissioner, Manjunath Bhajantri, said they are holding camps across 10 blocks for on-spot identification of those with disabilities. “We have an estimated population of 16,000 people with disabilities,” he added.
In Gumla, deputy commissioner Sushant Gaurav said, “So far, we have prepared certificates for 5,184 persons who have disabilities, of which 3,194 have been enrolled for issuance of digital certificates and registration on the online portal.” Although there are set procedures for procuring disability certificates in order to avail government schemes and other benefits, many often fail to acquire them because of several hassles, including bureaucratic hurdles at the grass-root level. Last year, the Centre mandated all states to digitise disability certificates for creating their unique IDs for the national database under the Swavlamban project.