They are often called India’s invisible population. The 2011 Census put the number of differently abled in the country at 26.8 million or about 2.23% of the country’s population. Now a top government official, Navreet Kang, secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, has acknowledged that the figure is a gross underestimation.
“The WHO estimates that worldwide the number of people with disabilities is 10 to 15 per cent of the total world population,” he said. “I admit that it the 2011 Census figure is probably an underestimation as the number of disability certificates issued by various states is more than the people shown in the census of that state,” said Kang.
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