India's Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will launch a centralized database of disabled persons and issue Unique Disabled Identity (UDID) cards.
About 27 million persons with disabilities live in India, constituting 2.23% of its population. However, no national database on the disabled has been available in India so far. The UDID portal, the first centralized database of the disabled, will be launched in the public domain in June for registration at the district level.
"This would enable the government to have genuine and real time data on disability covering various aspects such as level of education, income and employment status," said Vinod Aggarwal, Secretary of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday.
The government has also decided to establish the first Central University for Disability Studies and Research in Kerala. The remaining states will be covered by 2018.