"The percentage of seats has been increased in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016," the Ministry said in a statement.
‘Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has increased reservation quota for disabled people in PG medical courses to 5%.’
It granted approval to amend the regulation "in order to expand the scope of persons with disabilities getting benefit of reservation".
Commenting on the decision, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said after 20 years the government has taken a historical decision for welfare of the disabled in line with the Prime Minister's vision of 'sabka saath, sabka vikaas', ensuring that they are equal contributors to the progress of the nation.
As per the amended provision, 21 kinds of disabilities including blindness, low-vision, leprosy cured persons, hearing impairment (deaf and hard of hearing), locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy will now be considered under the reservation.
Other disabilities that also get covered are chronic neurological conditions, specific learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, speech and language disability, Thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, multiple disabilities (including deafblindness), acid attack victim and Parkinson's patients, said the official statement.
Accordingly, the software used by Directorate General of Health Services for central counselling has also been amended to allow registration of all such candidates, said the Ministry.
Registration or allotment of seats would be followed by a medical examination to ascertain the level of disability before finally granting admission to candidates selected under the reserved quota, it added.