Taking strong exception to the Centre's defiance of its repeated orders for reserving posts in government jobs, including the Civil Services, for the visually impaired, the Delhi High Court has directed the Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Attorney General to appear before it.
A Division Bench of justices Mukul Mudgal and JP Singh asked the two top officials to appear before it on October 10 and explain why its repeated orders on the issue had not been complied with and also the Centre's failure in enforcing the statutory provison of the Disablities Act, 1995 which mandated provision of such facilities for visually impaired persons.
The Bench passed the directions while dealing with a Laters Patent Appeal (LPA) filed by the Union Public Service Commission challenging the February 6, 2006 order of a single judge directing the Commission to appoint a visually impaired candidate TD Dinakar to a Group A post under the physically challenged persons category.
UPSC had objected to the direction on the ground that there was no such provision under the Civil Services Exams (CSE) or other Government rules as only persons with hearing impairment and locomotor disability were entitled to the benefits under the said category.
The Centre and the UPSC took the stance that since there was no reservation benefit for the visually impaired such candidates have to necessarily compete with other general category candidates.