14 years on, man fights hisselection to state civil services

  • Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 26, 2013 02:02 IST

The Supreme Court has slammed the Rajasthan government for failing to assist the court in a case where a visually challenged man is fighting the system for the past 14 years.

Bhubaneswar Singh had cleared state public service commission exam but failed to land a job. He then moved the top court in 2011 after the Rajasthan High Court declined to entertain his plea claiming he couldn't get appointed due to administrative failure.

Singh has contended that despite 3% reservation for handicapped persons, the government failed to specify a separate cut-off marks for the handicapped and expected the candidates secure points declared for the general category. The Rajasthan government has remained unrepresented before the SC for these two years.

But, pursuant to a final warning on August 13 the state law secretary on Thursday appeared before a bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi, which was highly critical of the state's apathy.

The bench sought an explanation for the state and directed the law secretary to file an affidavit giving reasons to deny a post in the state services to Singh under the handicapped category. The court posted the matter for further hearing to August 26.

According to Singh's counsel Aysweria Bhatti, her client had taken the state services exam in 1999 and cleared the mains in 2000 with 599 marks. The general category marks were fixed at 680. Despite a reservation of 15 seats for the handicapped, Singh did not get a call.

"There were 15 seats for the handicapped of which five seats were for the blind. He was told he did not qualify under the general category," Bhatti said.

Challenging the HC decision, Singh has contended that candidates in physically handicapped category did not have a real chance of selection until lower cut off marks were prescribed for them.

 

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