Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Visually-impaired protest lack of jobs

Taken from Asian Age.
Alleging government “apathy” towards job reservations, visually-impaired people protested against the lack of jobs on Thursday and urged the government to speed up recruitment to complete the backlog of vacancies through a special recruitment drive.

The protesters, under the banner of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), cited a Supreme Court order to make their point and demanded further reservations in case of promotions.

“The government is supposed to fill the vacancies in a special recruitment drive as per the orders of the Delhi high court and the Supreme Court, which upheld it. But, it has shown apathy towards our community by not implementing the orders,” NFB vice-president Inder Singh said.

The Supreme Court in 2013 had directed the Union and state governments to provide three per cent job reservations to the disabled, including one per cent for persons suffering from blindness and low vision. The group pressed for the provision of reservation in promotion in Groups ‘A’ and ‘B’ apart from acceptance of a host of suggestions made by disabled rights group, All-India Disability Alliance, on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014.

Members of the federation also urged the government to review the guidelines issued by the Union Public Service Commission for allowing the use of a scribe by the blind in examination and selection tests.

“The UPSC wants us to take a written permission for the usage of a scribe one month prior to the test. How is this possible when our scribes are decided one or two days before the test?” asked a protester.

Source: Asian Age.

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