Govt approves 5 percent increase in quota for disabled in PG Medical Courses | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2017

Govt approves 5 percent increase in quota for disabled in PG Medical Courses

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In an effort to expand the scope of quota benefits for disable persons, government has decided to increase the quota for disabled people for admission to PG medical courses to 5 percent.
Speaking on the development, Union Minister of health and family welfare, JP Nadda said, ‘the percentage of seats to be filled up by persons with disabilities has been increased from 3 to 5 percent in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. Now, all 21 benchmark disabilities as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 can register for admission to medical courses’.
The 21 disabilities are: 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, 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 and parkinson’s disease.

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