Employees of the Central Government who are disabled will get 10 days of casual leave over and above the 20 days they already get. This measure, which may later be emulated by state governments, will be announce before World Disability Day on December 3.
According to the government notification, the 10 extra days of leave are meant to enable such employees to participate in “conferences, training, workshops organised at the national and state level agencies.”
Sanjiv Sachdeva of Samarthyam, a NGO, says, “This move comes after 18-20 people from the organisation approached the Department of Personnel and Training requesting them to extend special facilities to people with disability. For the first time, the government has reacted so quickly.”
A DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training) official said, “Government employees are like ambassadors who take it upon themselves to pay back to the society what it has received from it. This extra time would give them the opportunity to come up with solutions for the betterment of the disabled.”