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Number of blind people in India comes down from 1.20 crore to 80 lakh

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Delhi: The union health ministry has issued a notification which says any person who is unable to count fingers from a distance of three metres would be considered as blind, as against the earlier stipulation of six metres, which was adopted in 1976.

The revised definition of blindness brings it in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria. Going by the new definition, the population of blind people in India will reduce from 1.20 crore (as per the National Blindness survey 2007 data) to 80 lakh, reports ToI.

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