Soon: Organ donation information to be printed on your driving license

Nitin Gadkari, Union transport minister said, one of the leading company has given the proposal. We are signing an agreement with them to incorporate the organ donation information on the driving license. Earlier, Nagpur’s RTO Officer Sharad Jichkar had written a letter to the transport commissioner regarding the same

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  • In 2016,  4,80,000 accidents took place in India
  • 1,50,000 people died in the accidents
  • The accidental deaths have increased by 3%
  • Every day, 413 citizens lose their lives in accidents

While speaking on the subject, Nitin Gadkari, Union transport minister said, “One of the leading company has given me the proposal. We are signing an agreement with them to incorporate the organ donation information on the driving license. So, after accident, immediately within 3 hours we can take him to the hospital and give organs to those who need it.”

Earlier, Nagpur’s RTO Officer Sharad Jichkar demanded that while filling the license form, it should be mandatory to print whether the person wants to donate his organs. Also, he has written a letter to the transport commissioner regarding the same.

As per Jichkar:

  • While filling the license form, should be made mandatory that everyone has to say yes or no for organ donation.
  • Print the same information on the license.
  • If the person becomes brain-dead the doctor can get to know whether he/she wished to donate organs.
  • So, after discussion with the family, the organ donation process can be completed.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sharad Jichkar, Nagpur’s RTO Officer said, “While applying for the license online, there is a option for organ donation. This option is as per one’s wish. Owing to which, it is not printed on the license. But, if the organ donation option is made mandatory it will appear on the form. So, I have sent a proposal to the RTO commissioner to make it mandatory.”

Nitin Gadkari,
Nitin Gadkari

Organ donation is the need of the hour. As, one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

There are millions of people in this country who need an organ for survival. If they get an organ, they can get a new life. Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant.

As per the data available with National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), 54, 110, 235 and 190 heart transplants and 720, 1024, 1368 and 805 kidney transplants have been undertaken in the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.