SOCIAL JUSTICE


3% quota for disabled in govt-aided NGOs

By Subodh Ghildiyal/TNN

TOI, Bombay 29/01/2006

New Delhi: With some government will at work, the disabled may finally get access to 3% jobs in the NGOs. Seeking to restore the lapses in government rules, the social justice ministry has added the disabled to the group of beneficiaries, besides SCs/ST/OBCs, for job reservation in NGOs receiving government grants above Rs 20 lakh.

The ministry’s missive to all the ministries and government departments comes after the General Finance Rules 2005, which govern quota rules in NGOs, gave a complete go-by to persons with disabilities. In force since July 2005, the GFR stipulated that the SC/STs and OBCs be given reservation in NGOs as per the existing quota norms.

To ensure that the attempt to give a place to the disabled in NGOs does not remain on paper, the social justice ministry has sought an annual report from all the ministries on the status on their employment in voluntary organisations receiving grants-in-aid from them.

Sources said the fresh step is to neutralise the handicap in the GFR. The ministry has based the rationale of extending quota to the disabled on the Persons with Disabilities Act of 1995. It mandates 3% jobs for persons suffering from blindness or low vision, hearing impairment and locomotor disability/ cerebral palsy, against posts identified for them in all government and aided establishments.

Incorporating the criteria for reservation in NGOs from the GFR, the order states that voluntary organisations with an annual grant of Rs 20 lakh and workforce over 20 persons would have to implement the quota regime. It says, “The ministries/departments should insist on the above provisions relating to the employment of persons with disabilities by the voluntary organisations as a precondition for release of grant.’’

In the old GFR, a minimum grant of Rs 2 lakh made an NGO liable for implementing job quota. Officials say this norm has remained virtually ignored all these years. The new GFR has hiked the grant-in-aid to Rs 20 lakh.

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