Persons with Disabilities Rules, 1996

Chapter II - Guidelines for evaluation and assessment of various disabilities

       The general guidance for evaluation and assessment of various disabilities issued by the Government of India in the Ministry of Welfare vide No. 4-2/83-HW.III dated the 6th August, 1986 and as may be amended from time to time, shall be followed for evaluation of various disabilities specified in section 2(b),(e),(l),(n),(o),(q),(r),(t), and (u) of the Act.

Authorities to give disability Certificate. - (1) A Disability Certificate shall be issued by a Medical Board duly constituted by the Central and the State Government. (2) The State Government may constitute a Medical Board consisting of at least three members out of which at least one shall be a specialist in the particular field for assessing locomotor/visual including low vision/hearing and speech disability, mental retardation and leprosy cured, as the case may be.

   1. The Medical Board shall, after due examination, give a permanent disability certificate in cases of such permanent disabilities where there are no chances of variation in the degree of disability.

   2. The Medical Board shall indicate the period of validity in the certificate, in cases where there is any chance of variation in the degree of disability.

   3. No refusal of disability certificate shall be made unless an opportunity is given to the applicant of being heard.

   4. On representation by the applicant, the Medical Board may review its decision having regard to all the facts and circumstances of the case and pass such order in the matter as it thinks fit. 

      The Certificate issued by the Medical Board under rule 5 shall make a person eligible to apply for facilities, concessions and benefits admissible under schemes of the Government or Non Governmental Organisations, subject to such conditions as the Central or the State Government may impose.


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