New Delhi, Oct. 8: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to identify within three months all reserved vacancies for disabled persons in its departments and undertakings to ensure that they are provided 3 per cent reservation on the total cadre strength.
The reservation will apply to all Group A, B, C and D posts and the exercise must be done within a period of three months, a bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Ranjan Gogoi said.
The apex court passed the order while dismissing the Centre’s appeal challenging a Delhi High Court order that had issued a similar directive on a petition filed by the National Federation of the Blind in 2006.
It had challenged the Centre’s 2005 office memorandum that said the 3 per cent quota would apply only to the existing vacancies and not the total cadre strength.
“We are of the view that the computation of reservation for persons with disabilities has to be computed in case of Group A, B, C and D posts in an identical manner viz., computing 3 per cent reservation on the total cadre strength” which is the intention of the legislature, the apex court said.
The court clarified that the principle of not exceeding more than 50 per cent reservation would not be apply to quota for disabled persons.
Under the 3 per cent quota, 1 per cent each is reserved for persons suffering from blindness or low vision, hearing impairment and locomotor disability.