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Health Ministry increases disabilities quota in PG medical courses to 5%

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has granted approval to amend the regulation for admission to Post Graduate medical courses, to be filled up by persons with disabilities, increasing from 3% to 5%, in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Commenting on this decision, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said that after 20 years, the Government has taken a historical decision for the welfare of ‘divyangs,’ ensuring that they are equal contributors to the progress of the nation.

‘Now, all 21 benchmark disabilities as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 can register for admission to medical courses,’ Nadda added.

According to the amended provision, 21 kinds of disabilities (as per Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016) that includes Blindness, Low-vision, Leprosy Cured persons, Hearing Impairment (deaf and hard of hearing), Locomotor Disability, Dwarfism, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness and Autism will now be considered under the reservation provided for persons with disabilities.

Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Chronic Neurological conditions, Specific Learning Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, Speech and Language disability, Thalassemia, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell disease, Multiple Disabilities (including deaf-blindness), Acid Attack victim, Parkinson’s disease, will also be included among disabilities, according to official statement here.

Accordingly, the software used by DGHS for central counselling has also been amended to allow registration of all such candidates. Registration and 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.

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