Chandigarh Now Provides the Option for Pledging of Organ Donation on Driving Licenses
You will be pleased to know that Chandigarh Administration has started the option for “Organ Donation on Driving License” in Chandigarh from October 2015. Thus Chandigarh has become the second state/UT to do so in India. Now application form for driving license has an option for pledging organs. Those who give an option for organ donation in driving license form; their driving license will show “OD”, which means “ORGAN DONOR”. Please see the enclosed driving license issued on 2 Nov 2015. Thanks to Mr. Vijay Kumar Dev, Advisor to Administrator, Chandigarh, who expedited this process of Option of Organ Donation on driving license and to Mr Kashish Mittal, Deputy Commissioner and Registrar, Licensing Authority, who have also implemented this option on driving license with immediate effect.
Option of “Organ Donation” is a usual practice in Western Countries including USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia etc. In India, Karnataka Government has started this option on driving License. Chandigarh has become the second state/UT to do so.
The PGIMER, Chandigarh also gives an option for ‘Organ Donation Pledging’ on Identity Cards of its employees. (Copy enclosed).
PROBLEM OF ORGAN SHORTAGE
In India the awareness on organ donation is very less but the need of organ is very much higher. It is estimated that in India every year over 200,000 people are diagnosed to have kidney failure and would need transplantation. At the same time more than 200 000 people die in India every year from liver failure without any hope of receiving a transplant. Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. Experts say that the organs from one brain-dead donor can help many people. Organs you can donate include: kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, skin, bone and bone marrow, cornea, etc.
WHY SHOULD DRIVING LICENSE HAVE AN OPTION FOR ORGAN DONATION?
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