Court orders state to reserve jobs for disabled

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Aizawl, Oct 31: The mobile court for disabled persons has directed the Mizoram government to evaluate three per cent of all government jobs, created since 1996, and launch a special recruitment drive to fill these posts for the disabled persons in the state.

Most of the grievances, raised at the mobile court, co-organised by the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities and the state's commissioner for persons with disabilities at Chaltlang Tourist Lodge here yesterday, were centred to the Mizoram government's alleged failure to implement the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, which provided 3% reservation in all government jobs with effect from 1996.

In reaction to a complaint voiced by a disabled person, who alleged that he had been denied PMRY loan by the SBI Aizawl, owing to his disability despite that he had been selected by the loan board, the chief commissioner Dr Manoj Kumar also directed the bank to give him the loan.

The court further instructed the department of personnel and administrative reforms to give age relaxation to any eligible yet over-aged disabled person, who could have been recruited had he been aware of the job reservation.

The mobile court also told the state government to see to it that disabled persons in Mizoram also benefit the National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC)'s loans.

''The Mizoram government has failed to deposit funds to the block government guarantee as a result of which the disabled persons in the state were unable to get loans from the NHFCD,'' the mobile court alleged.

The NHFCD can give loans to disabled persons with 48% disability aged between 18-55 at a 5-6 per cent interest per annum through a state channelising agency, the court informed.

According to the Social Welfare department's official record, there were about 70,00 disabled persons in Mizoram. It has also been highlighted that there were only 52 teachers for the 4,929 disabled students in the state.

''You need at least 492 teachers,'' Dr Manoj said. Dr Manoj urged the Health and Education departments to give special attention to disabled persons.

The chief commissioner has instructed the concerned departments, Social Welfare and Health and Family Welfare, to conduct camps in different villages and towns to identify disabled persons and give them disability certificates.

UNI

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