Organ Donation In India
Organ donation is donating an organ to someone in need of a transplant. In India, there is a wide gap between the demand and supply of organs. Annually, 4 lakh people die waiting for a transplant which can be attributed to improper infrastructure, lack of willingness, and most importantly, ignorance about the process.
Anyone can register to be an organ and tissue donor once they are 18 years of age. Organs like the kidneys, pancreas, liver, heart, lungs, and intestines can all be donated. As for tissues, one can pledge to donate corneas, skin, bone, heart valves, the middle ear, veins, tendons, and ligaments.
Fill form 7 of the Transplant of Human Organs Act online and give your consent for organ donation. You can also register offline by downloading the form and sending it to National Organ And Tissue Transplant Organisation, 4th Floor, NIOP Building, Safdarjung Hospital Campus, New Delhi-110029.
There are also several non-profit agencies where one can register.
On Driving License
Rajasthan, Chandigarh, and Karnataka are among the first states to introduce an option to add an organ donation logo on a driving license. All a person has to do is tick the OD (Organ Donor) column on the application form that will imply your willingness to donate. Please Note: Do check if your state offers the option as not all states have implemented the OD rule for now.