Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Not convinced, Court directs second revision in DoPT Memo 29.12.2005 on Reservation for PwDs

Dear Friends,

Post the directions of the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in its judgment dated 17.07.2014 to the DoPT to carry out further modifications in Para 15 of the OM dated 29.12.2005  so that the directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court to compute 3% of reservation on total number of vacancies in the cadre strength can be implemented, the DoPT has been playing tactics to avoid granting the dues to the stakeholders. 

Yesterday, i.e. on 07th Jan 2015, the DoPT posted on its website at link: Available OM for Persons with Disabilities  the following memorandum carrying out some "further" (second in series) modifications in to its earlier Comprehensive Memorandum on Reservation for Persons with Disabilities : 





Click here for a screen reader accessible copy of the above memorandum.  For all other memorandums by DoPT related to the disability subject click here: Available OM for Persons with Disabilities.

Objective behind the amendment
The objective of this amendment was to harmonize the Comprehensive Memorandum on reservation to persons with disabilities dated 29.12.2005 with the recent clarification of the Hon'ble Supreme Court  in Civil Appeal NO. 9096 of 2013 (arising out of SLP (Civil) No. 7541 of 2009) titled Union of India and Anr Vs. National Federation of the BLind and Others which I covered in my blog entry of Dec 10,  2013 titled Physically challenged Vs. Logically Challenged

Does this amendment bring anything new to the stakeholders?
Personally, I failed to find any major difference in the interpretation of said para 14 after two amendments at the direction of the Courts - it is nothing  but merely playing with the words. In nutshell, after a long battle in the court of law, the DoPT just added, "Separate rosters for Group 'A' posts and Group 'B' posts in the establishment shall be maintained."

Was this the intention of the legislature? Did the clarification of Hon'ble Supreme Court really meant this? Is DoPT really intending to giving the disabled their dues as per the spirit of the law and the clarification of the Hon'ble Supreme Court? These are the questions that the Babus of DoPT and Hon'ble PM Modi has to answer. We aren't happy with this attitude nor the way the disability subject is being handled by the departments particularly DoPT. 
  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Data collection indicates only 100 out of 1300 schools are disabled friendly


This is further to my earlier post dated 07th May 2013  wherein I had shared the order of the Hon'ble Delhi High Court directing the private schools to provide barrier free infrastructure and also 26th Feb 2014. Now despite the two cases, the government of Delhi has filed a status report in the Delhi High Court indicating that only 100 schools have some facilities for disabled children from amongst 1300 private unaided schools.

Here is the news report published in Indian Express:


The Director of Education (DoE) has been informed that less than 100 of 1,300 private unaided schools in the city have facilities to cater to students with special needs, with most only catering to children suffering from lack of vision of locomotor disabilities.

Only a handful mainstream schools are available for children with hearing impairment and mental disabilities, data submitted by the DoE to the Delhi High Court on Wednesday stated.

A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Vipin Sanghi had earlier directed the DoE to conduct a study on disabled-friendly facilities in the private unaided schools. The directions were issued in a PIL field by Pramod Arora, a parent of a differently-abled child.

According to the DoE, only 800 schools had submitted data on the facilities available for children with special needs, of which 54 catered to locomotor disabilities and 34 to hearing impairment. In contrast, only 10 schools had facilities to educate visually challenged children and 20 for children with mental retardation.
Interestingly, the DoE noted, a sizeable number of these schools are located in South or Southeast Delhi, or in West Delhi. Very few schools with facilities for the disabled are located in North and East Delhi, the data showed.