Fill posts reserved for disabled: HC to govt

DNA Correspondent

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the state to fill up 2,388 vacancies reserved for disabled people in 27 government departments within three months. Outraged by the government’s inaction, the court has restrained the state from filling any post to which a disabled person can be appointed unless the backlog for disabled posts is cleared. The Persons with Disability (PWD) Act, 1995, provides for a three per cent reservation for disabled people in government jobs. The government has failed to fill up the posts despite repeated court orders. The state told the court that of the 8,468 posts, only 2,388 were vacant. But, lawyers of Indian Legal Aid Society, which had filed the PIL, contested the figure. The court has asked the government to allow the petitioner access to records of all the 27 departments to ascertain vacancies. Disability Commissioner RK Gaikwad has been asked to file an affidavit within two weeks on the exact number of vacancies. The state has been asked to appoint five nominees on the State Coordination Committee, which oversees the implementation of the Act.

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