(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 04, 2011
Visually Impaired Persons
November 29, a
delegation of visually impaired persons met the prime
minister, seeking his
intervention in the matter of discrimination which the
visually impaired people
are facing in induction into the civil services. Smt Brinda
member of parliament, accompanied the delegation that handed
a memorandum over
to the prime minister.
on December 11,
2010, the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled
(NPRD) had written
to the prime minister on the issue of discrimination which
impaired persons, Ajit Kumar and Ashish Singh Thakur, had
faced. Though the two
had cleared the civil service examinations in 2008, they
were not inducted into
the IAS. Their non-induction was not only a discrimination
based on disability
but also militated against the provisions of the Persons
with Disabilities Act
1995, section 33 of which provides for three per cent
reservation, of which one
per cent is for people with visual disabilities.
impaired civil service aspirants approached the Central
(CAT), the latter directed the Department of Personnel and
Training (DoPT) on
October 8, 2010 to induct Ajit Kumar and Ashish Singh Thakur
into the IAS within
eight weeks and gave six months time for the induction of
the others into IAS
or allied services in accordance with their ranks.
representations and pursuit of the matter at various levels
minister of state for personnel & training, the UPSC
chairman etc, this
directive of the CAT has not been complied with.
after the UPSC sought
an extension for implementing the CAT orders and the
tribunal gave it time till
September 2011, the order remains unimplemented.
memorandum given to
the prime minister also pointed out that this was not the
first time that the
UPSC had sought to discriminate against the visually
impaired candidates. In
another instance, Ravi Prakash Gupta had to approach the
Delhi High Court and
got an order in his favour in February 2009. Non-compliance
of this order
compelled him to approach the Supreme Court which upheld the
directive. It is only after this directive that he was
finally inducted into
the case of Purnima
Jain, Shravan Kumar and Subodh Kumar, the UPSC has
recommended their induction
in September 2011, but the orders are still awaited. In the
Srivastava, Shivam Kumar and Rahul Mittal, the UPSC has
taken the plea that
they have obtained low marks. This ruse is exposed by the
fact that one
candidate was recommended despite his having scored only 969
marks, while all
the others mentioned above have secured more marks than him.
And this is despite
the fact that the visually impaired are entitled to one per
cent reservation in
IAS and allied services.
another case – of Pawan
Kumar -- the CAT directive to allot a service based on the
rank secured by him
also remains unimplemented.
may note that during
the period 1996 to 2010 --- after the PwD Act was enacted in
1995 --- a total
8812 vacancies were filled in the civil services. Of these,
one per cent or at
least 88 seats must have been reserved for the visually
But, in reply to an RTI query, the UPSC said that of the
total 8812 vacancies
it had recommended only 29 visually impaired candidates for
figures too are disputed. But even if one goes by this
figure, a backlog of 59
nine vacancies still remains.
delegation pointed out
to the prime minister that this was a clear case not only of
against the visually impaired but also a violation of the
provisions of the PwD
Act. It is compounded by the fact that the concerned
departments are refusing
to heed even the directives of the courts.
prime minister said
that it was for the first time that the issue had been
brought to his notice.
While admitting that injustice had been done, he
assured the delegation
that he would do everything to see that justice is rendered.