In computing the total income of an individual, being a resident, who, at the end of the previous year, is suffering from a permanent physical disability (including blindness) or is subject to mental retardation, being a permanent physical disability or mental retardation specified in the rules 1224 made in this behalf by the Board, which is certified by a physician, a surgeon, an oculist or a psychiatrist, as the case may be, working in a Government hospital, and which has the effect of reducing considerably such individual’s capacity for normal work or engaging in a gainful employment or occupation, there shall be allowed a deduction of a sum of forty thousand rupees :
Provided that such individual produces the aforesaid certificate before the Assessing Officer in respect of the first assessment year for which he claims deduction under this section :
Provided further that the requirement of producing the aforesaid certificate from a physician, a surgeon, an oculist or a psychiatrist, as the case may be, working in a Government hospital shall not apply to an individual who has already produced a certificate before the Assessing Officer under the provisions of this section as they stood immediately before the 1st day of April, 1992.
Explanation : For the purposes of this section, the expression “Government hospital” shall have the meaning assigned to it in the Explanation to section 80DD.
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