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Directives for issuing disability certificate

RETIRED AND private medical practitioners would now be able to issue disability certificates to differently abled persons. Such approved doctors would also be provided Rs 200 as honorarium by the Rogi Kalyan Samiti to attend meetings of the District Medical Board.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 15:32 IST

RETIRED AND private medical practitioners would now be able to issue disability certificates to differently abled persons. Such approved doctors would also be provided Rs 200 as honorarium by the Rogi Kalyan Samiti to attend meetings of the District Medical Board.

Besides, if specialists in particular field or retired or private specialists were not available, the Board would be at liberty to invite such doctors from neighbouring districts. Invited doctors would be eligible for traveling allowance besides the honorarium.

The State Health Department today issued directives that civil hospitals with 100-bed capacity and having proper specialists should also be authorized to issue disability certificates besides the district hospitals. The certificates issued by such civil hospitals would be at par with those issued by the District Medical Board.

The department has also issued instructions that private medical practitioners recognized by the government could also be authorized to issue disability certificates. The criterion for authorizing private hospitals to issue such certificates is the same as that for civil hospitals.

It has further been directed that a maximum of Rs 16 should be taken as medical check up fee from a prospective beneficiary but only if required.

Moreover, all disability certificates must be issued free of cost, the directives add. Disability certificates should be issued only if the disability is more than 40 percent and the criteria laid down by Union government should be considered as standard for identifying the differently abled persons. The percentage of actual disability should compulsorily be mentioned in the certificate.

These directives would come into force immediately. The Health Department has asked the Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) of all districts to constitute boards in their respective districts as per directives and send a compliance report to the department by February 20.