Zareena — who scored 82.56% in SSLC — was overlooked for veterinary assistant's post, but a person with 78.72% got the job.
In what looks like a classic case of government apathy towards the physically challenged, Zareena Begum Tadapatri, who overcame her disability to score 82.56 per cent in her SSLC exams, has been left in the lurch after being let down by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences.
Zareena was an aspirant to the post of veterinary assistant in the department's recently concluded recruitment drive. To her shock, the department not only failed to send her the call-letter for the documents verification round, but compounded her misery by recruiting a candidate with 78.72 per cent score in her category. She has now launched a legal battle for her employment and has moved the State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, which has taken up her case.
"This is shocking as the whole recruitment process is over and my application was not considered despite my merit," Zareena told Bangalore Mirror. "My eligibility, mainly my SSLC score, which was the sole recruitment criterion, was not counted at all. I will fight the injustice."The Department of Animal Husbandry had in December 2012 notified the process of recruitment to fill 642 veterinary assistant posts. Zareena, who hails from Gadag, applied for the post online and completed the formalities. However, things started going wrong for Zareena as her name didn't figure in both the first and second provisional lists announced in November and December 2013 respectively, calling shortlisted candidates for documents verification.
"Though the cut-off percentage for the first and second provisional lists was 80.64 per cent, they did not consider my application in the II B category, to which I belong, despite my score of 82.56 per cent," Zareena said. "Though call letters were sent to candidates through speed post, no communication was sent to me."
An agitated Zareena came down to Bangalore and met the department brass, and brought the flaw to their notice. Subsequently, her name was included in the second list, but with errors. Her gender was shown as male, and she was not considered as physically handicapped despite close to fifty per cent disability in one of her legs.
"I was still not called for verification of original documents while those in the second list got the summons. Though I submitted my petition on December 27 through mail to all concerned, a provisional list of selected candidates was announced on December 31 without my name," she added.
In January 2014, when a government notification was issued, asking those who had objections to submit them, she filed her objections.
"But my repeated petitions were not considered. A final list of those selected was published on January 23, 2014, without my name. The final cut-off percentage for General Merit-Physically Handicapped (GM-PH) was 80.8 per cent. For the II B category-PH to which I belong, a candidate with 78.72 per cent was selected, though my score is 82.56 per cent," Zarina said.
Panel to Take Up Case
"She is a deserving candidate. We will take it up with the government to ensure she gets justice," K S Rajanna, commissioner, Karnataka State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, told Bangalore Mirror.
Panduranga B Naik, who has recently taken over as the commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, ruled out any flaws in the recruitment process. He, however, maintained that the department would look into the case. "Recruitment flaws are ruled out. The government also provides an opportunity to file objections. As the final list is already out, if the applicant is meritorious, deserving, and has followed norms in the recruitment process, and has filed her objections, we will certainly look into her case," he said.