After a lengthy advocacy with Dept of Heavy Industries (DHI), Centre quashed manufacturer's certificate required to avail excise duty concession on the purchase of a new car by a person with disability. This was largely because of my face off with high-headed and insensitive Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL). Still, few problems remained in the medical certificate.
National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), an autonomous institute under DoPT, along with DHI organised a technical workshop on 'Citizen Centric Governance: Simplification of Forms' today at India International Centre
where I was invited too along with stakeholders from auto industries
and people who 'faced the music' while availing such concession. Hats
off to DHI for revising the 16-question proforma to a single page.
Feedback was sough on this revised format.
was especially irked by 'invalid carriage' and I proposed to use the
term 'Adapted/Altered Vehicle driven by a person with disability'. He
said he will personally take up the issues with Secretaries. Knowing his
past contribution in bureaucracy, I am hopeful. Revision of forms will
help those PwD also who can use manual transmission. Unlike the PMR
deptt of Safdarjug Hospital, now PwDs wont be asked to get mental
certificate on 'state of mental health' (Yes, they have actually
mentioned this in writing)
Hats off to DHI and Director Praveen
Aggarwal and Under Secy Ajai Gaur for hearing me patiently and putting
things into action over the past one year. This is not their job still
they are doing it. Sadly, I dont have such nice words for nodal Ministry
(MSJE or Deptt of Empowerment of PwD)