Acting on a clutch of petitions filed on behalf of disabled persons, the Bombay high court, on Thursday, directed the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to relax certain guidelines it had laid down for handicapped candidates appearing for exams to be conducted by the housing board on December 11.
The court has directed MHADA to delete the part, which insisted that the writer whose assistance a disabled person chose to seek for the exam had to be at least a grade lower than the candidate.
The guidelines further stated that such a writer should have scored less than 60% marks in his last examination. These conditions were asked to be deleted by the high court.
The petitions, filed by the Maharashtra Rajya Apang Karmachari Sanghatana and others, seek implementation of provisions under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.
The petitioners further sought to know details of the software and various implements that are to be provided to the handicapped employees by the state government. However, this plea was strongly opposed by MHADA counsel GW Mattos.
He argued that such a demand was tantamount to interference in government affairs and that the government officials were capable of catering to the needs of their handicapped employees.
The grievance in this regard could only be made by the employee concerned, Mattos argued.
Earlier, the court had directed the chief secretary to file a report in the high court regarding the particulars of the software sought by government employees, among other things.
When the petitioners sought to see information beforehand on the grounds that they have made an application before the government, Mattos submitted that this information
would not be provided but would be placed before the high court as per the directions it has passed. MHADA is scheduled to conduct exams for recruiting clerical staff on December 11. The court has adjourned the hearing till December 21.