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Centre jab on ‘disabilities’

New Delhi, Dec. 25: The Centre has pulled up its ministries and departments for their lackadaisical approach towards recruiting differently abled persons.

It has advised them to make “concerted efforts” to clear the backlog of posts earmarked for people with disabilities through “regular recruitments” without waiting for special drives.

In an office memorandum dated December 14, the department of personnel and training said “ministries/departments are not complying with the instructions of this department regarding reservation to persons with disabilities in posts/services under the central government”.

It said the violations related “particularly to instructions related to carry forward of the unfilled reserved vacancies, interchange among the three categories of disability and lapsing of unfilled reserved categories”.

On December 29, 2005, the personnel department had directed all central ministries and departments to reserve 3 per cent vacancies for persons with disabilities. Of these, 1 per cent each was reserved for persons suffering from blindness or low vision, hearing impairment and locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in posts identified for each disability.

The instructions were in line with the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

In orders issued in 2006 and 2010, the personnel department instructed all departments and ministries to prepare reservation registers from the year 1996. In several cases, these rosters are not being maintained properly, said an official source.

The 2005 rules require departments and ministries to earmark posts that can be filled by persons from each of the three categories of disabilities. A post can be filled by a person from another category of disability only if no eligible candidate is available from the category the post had originally been reserved for.

A post reserved for the disabled can be filled by an able-bodied person if there aren’t any eligible disabled candidates available.

The Centre, through its memorandum, instructed ministries and departments “to minimise (the) possibility of creation of backlog (of) reserved vacancies. It is also advised that concerted efforts should be made to clear the backlog through regular recruitments without waiting for special recruitment drives”, the memo said.

The Centre has a huge backlog of posts identified for the disabled. Of the nearly 27 lakh posts in the central government, 2.81 lakh have been identified as eligible for disabled people. Till now, merely 10,000 disabled people — or 0.37 per cent of all posts — have been filled by the differently abled.