Sukhsohit Singh denied entry into civil services for being Thalassemic major is set to get justice, courtesy Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, three Cabinet ministers and a huge public support.
The Centre has decided to induct 25-year-old into the civil services as a disabled person after a medical board termed him unfit to be in the services.HT had reported the injustice done to Singh on June 15 because of his disease and it was probably the first case of a persons suffering with Thalassemic major cracking the civil service.
“We are working on how Singh gets his due,” said a senior official of the ministry of personnel and public grievances, the Central government authority for allocating cadre to civil service pass-outs. “Good news will be out soon”.
The ministry, which for almost two years insisted Singh can’t join the service, changed its view after the PM and Union ministers Ambika Soni and Dinesh Trivedi took up Singh’s cause.
All of them were of the view that Thalassemic major is a rare disease and the government should make an exception in its rules to accommodate Singh.
The ministry has now decided to consider Singh’s case as a special case for a deserving person with a disability. By enlisting Thalassemia as a disability, the ministry officials say they will help Singh to cherish his childhood dream. The Centre has also initiated the process to include Thalassemia as one of the disabilities covered under the disability law.
In a draft bill submitted to social justice and empowerment ministry, the University of Law, Hyderabad, recommended to list Thalassemia as a disability.