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Govt to appoint additional commissioner for disability

There is only one commissioner at Pune, in order to obtain any certificate to disabled, the person have to visit Pune, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 23:23 IST

In order to make life easier for the physically disabled, the Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to appoint more Additional Commissioners for Disability in various parts of the state including Mumbai.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by ILS Legal Aid Centre and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) which alleged that the government was not implementing provisions of the Persons With Disability Act.

At present there is only Commissioner for Disability at Pune. In order to obtain any certificate or to claim benefit provided to the disabled, the person would either have to visit Pune or correspond through letter which would take long. Now with additional commissioner at various places in the state it would not be necessary for disabled people to go to pune.

While disposing the PIL, the court has directed the government to appoint a panel of writers for the visually challenged within three months.

HC's earlier orders directing the government to fill up the vacant posts for the physically disabled in government offices has to be complied within six months.

The PIL had stated that the Act provides for 3 per cent reservations for disabled persons in government jobs, however, the government is not implementing its own Act. On September 7 this year, court had asked the government to fill up the entire backlog within three months, and had placed a freeze on new recruitment in normal category till that happened. An affidavit filed by D Shankaran, state secretary claimed that 2400 posts had already been filled.

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First Published: Dec 21, 2006 23:22 IST