HC asks govt to organise special recruitment drive

Chennai, Feb 26(PTI) The Madras High Court today saidgovernment should explore possibility and arrangingrecruitment for differently abled persons in governmentcompanies and public sector undertakings.

Disposing two writs petition seeking a direction toauthorities to monitor and ensure that three per centreservation for persons with disabilities was filled forphysically challenged, a Division Bench comprising ChiefJustice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam said governmentshould also explore for organising special recruitment drivefor differently abled in association with corporate sector ona regular basis.

The bench also said immediate steps should be taken toclear backlog vacancies and government should ensure that therule of reservation of three per cent should be adhered tostrictly in accordance with Section 33 of the Act and asstated in the report submitted by the State Commissioner fordisabled to give full and effective implementation to theprovisions of the Act (the Persons with Disabilities (Equalopportunities,Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act)

In a writ petition T M N Deepak sought a direction to theauthorities to monitor and ensure that the three per centreservation for persons with disabilities was filled by thephysically challenged.

He also sought a direction to fill the vacancies reservedfor the differently-abled and to clear the backlog of reservedvacancies as enunciated in a GO of August 2008.

The other petition by S.Chezhiyan sought a direction to theauthorities to implement the various provisions of the Act.

While disposing the petitions, the Bench said "whileappreciating the steps taken by the Government of TamilNadu, thus far, it appears from the details furnished by thepetitioners that a more sustained and speedy effort isrequired on the side of the Government to fully achieve theobjectives of Article 41 of the Constitution of India andfulfill the objects of Act 1 of 1996.

"Though steps have been taken to identify the backlogvacancies, it appears that no Special Recruitment Drive hasbeen conducted," the bench said.

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