Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot on Saturday requested states to provide more reservation in jobs and education to persons with disabilities (PwD) in view of an increase in their population.
Their number has gone up after the implementation of ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act’ with effect from April 2017, said the social justice and empowerment minister, reports PTI.
Speaking at a function organised by an NGO here, he said the Centre is in the process of issuing “Universal Identity Cards” to persons with disabilities.
“As of now, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments are implementing 6 per cent reservation in jobs for differently abled persons.
“After the implementation of the new Act, the number of persons with disabilities has gone up to nearly 6 crore from 2.68 crore earlier,” he said.