Volume 1 Issue 8 - December 15, 2003

Government violates its own Act

DNIS News Network -- The Disability Act of 1995 extended the 3% reservation in Class III and Class IV jobs for disabled persons to Class I and Class II job categories. Close to a decade later, the government has violated its own Act by denying suitable posts to deserving candidates, suffering from physical ailments, who have qualified in the Indian Civil Services exam.

Ramesh Arora cleared the Prelims, Mains and the interview in 2001, but was denied a post by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) due to his partial vision (he has 6/60 vision).

The discrimination has been further highlighted with three cases of orthopaedically-disabled candidates who successfully qualified for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the reserved category last year. While two - Rigzin Sampheal and Lokesh Kumar - were demoted to the Indian Information service (IIS) from the IAS, a third candidate, Satish, was denied a job in the civil services altogether.

Javed Abidi, Executive Director of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), has written to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and is waiting for the matter to be brought up in Parliament.

Noting that the Union Public Service Commission has increased the number of exam centres for visually disabled persons from one to six, Mr Abidi said that these facilities have no meaning for bright, intelligent, disabled people if they are eventually going to be barred from joining the civil services on account of their disability.

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