J&K rolls out UDID project for PWDs


SRINAGAR: In a major step enhancing the social status Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government today formally rolled out Unique ID for Persons with Disabilities (UDID) Project which would facilitate enrollment, issuance of Disability Certificates and Universal ID for PwDs.

The UDID project initiated by Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India is aimed at building a holistic end-to-end integrated system for Issuance of Universal ID & Disability Certificates for Persons with Disabilities with their identification and disability details.

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On Tuesday, the scheme was rolled out by Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, who said that the project will not only encourage transparency, efficiency and ease of delivering the government benefits to the person with disabilities, but also ensure uniformity and will also help in streamlining the tracking of physical and financial progress of beneficiaries at all levels of hierarchy of implementation right from village level, block level, District level, State level to National level.

The project includes – Online availability of data of Persons with Disabilities across the country through a centralized web application, online filing and submission of registration application form for disability certificate/ Universal ID card; Offline applications may also be accepted and subsequently digitized by agencies.

Quick Assessment process for calculating the percentage of disability by the hospitals/Medical Board, Non-duplication of PwDs data, online renewal and update of information by Persons with Disabilities/ on their behalf are also some of its features.

PwDs are required to register on UDID portal. Once registered, after the login is complete, they will be able to apply online for Disability Certificate and UDID card via www.swavlambancard.gov.in. They will also be able to track the status of their application. They can put forward their request for renewal of Disability Certificate/UDID Card and also request for another card in case of loss of their UDID Card.

They can also download and print the copy of their respective Disability Certificate/UDID Card. One of the unique features shall be the ability to locate their CMO Office/Medical Authority for assessment of disability, District Welfare Officer to receive assistance and to know about the various schemes for Persons with Disabilities. They will also be able to view latest news/announcements pertaining to disabilities.

Secretary Social Welfare Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone said the UDID card benefits shall bring a host of benefits to the PwDs as they will not need to make multiple copies of documents, maintain, and carry multiple documents as the card will capture all the necessary details which can be decoded with the help of a reader. The UDID card will be a single document of identification, verification of the disabled for availing various benefits in future. The UDID Card will also help in streamlining the tracking of the physical and financial progress of beneficiary at all levels of hierarchy of implementation – from village level, block level, District level, State level and National level

Ten (10) disability certificates with unique Identity Cards for PwDs were generated today to inaugurate this project officially.

On the occasion Commissioner PwDs Iqbal Lone also provided details of the certificates issued in Jammu and Kashmir and also the training program recently held at Srinagar and Jammu separately for line departments particularly with CMOs for smooth implementation of this project.