D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Four years after the All India Confederation of the Blind, filed a P.I.L. in Delhi High Court requesting it to direct the country’s largest employer, Indian Railways, to comply with the Disabilities Act, it has finally relented.
In an affidavit submitted by them in the Delhi High Court, the Railways have given a “tentative time frame for finalising special recruitment drive" to fill up backlog vacancies of physically disabled persons in group C and D posts along with the top most group A.
There will be a special recruitment drive spanning over 19 months to fill up 4,254 backlog vacancies for disabled persons as per requirements of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995.
The affidavit also mentions that it will fill up the backlog vacancies in the non-technical posts of Indian Railway Personnel Service and Indian Railway Accounts Service with 50 per cent seats being filled up this year and the rest in the next year.
The Disabilities Act states that 3 percent of the vacancies should be kept for physically disabled people. But more often than not, hardly 1 percent is filled up. This move will stand to benefit thousands of disabled people aspiring to work with the Railways.
It may be mentioned that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had earlier issued an order in 2006 asking for the backlog for disabled people in all government jobs from 1996 onwards, to be filled up by 2008.