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Mandatory online certification of disability through UDID portal

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Government of India has issued Gazette notification ; making it mandatory for all States/UTs to grant certificate of disability through online mode only using UDID portal.

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1: Social Justice


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The Central Government notified the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 under RPwD Act, 2016 on 15.06.2017.

  • Rule 18(5) mandates the Central Government to appoint a date making it mandatory for the State/UT authorities to issue certificate of disability through online mode.
  • The Central Advisory Board on Disability headed by Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment discussed this issue in its last meeting held on 26.11.2020 and recommended mandatory online disability certification from 01.04.2021.


  • The UDID project is under implementation since 2016. Concerned authorities of all States/UTs have been imparted training by DEPwD for working on the UDID portal.

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  • The States/UTs have been given adequate time to convert to online mode.
  • It will ensure complete digitization of certification of disability from 01.06.2021, besides providing a viable mechanism for cross-checking genuineness of the certificate to achieve pan-India validity, and simplifying the process for the benefit of Divyangjan.


  • The UDID project initiated by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.


  • Online availability of data of Person with Disabilities across 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 Person with Disabilities/ on their behalf
  • MIS reporting framework

  • To take care of additional disabilities in future. Number of disabilities at the moment is seven and shall be subject to increase as per the new Act/ notification which can be up to 19 or more


  • PwDs are required to register with the UDID portal.
  • Once registered, after the login is complete, they will be able to apply online for Disability Certificate and UDID card.
  • 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.

      IASbhai WINDUP:

  • 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.

Disability Certificate Issuing Authorities (CMO Office/Medical Authority) will use this application to record the details of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and issue Disability Certificate/UDID Card electronically.

  • Application from the PwD will be received by the CMO Office/Medical Authority.
  • Automating Disability Certificate/UDID Card issue process will significantly reduce the time and timely delivery of the Disability Certificate/UDID Card assured.
  • The web portal would also facilitate smooth implementation of schemes meant for PwDs.
  • District Collectors will use this application to monitor implementation of the UDID project and its effectiveness. They will use of some of the basic reports/summaries generated from UDID portal.

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     SOURCES:   PIB   | UDID Portal 2021 | UPSC

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