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Sunday, 30 October 2016

PH Candidates write to CM for justice in job appointment

Affirming that they are repeatedly neglected by the state governments over last two years in appointment for government jobs, the physically handicapped (PH) candidates have written to the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking his intervention to ensure justice. In a letter to the CM, the PH candidates indicate that it is sad that their appointment based on PH job reservation rules has been neglected by Kerala government over the years despite the apex court and high court ruling in their favour.

"Even after a representation is made and despite that the file is doing the rounds since a long time (File: 6464/SJD/2015) we have not been able to find justice," said a PH candidate K Madhu from Thrissur, a post graduate from IIT Kharagpur. He has made it to the KPSC Rank list for Deputy Collector Post in land revenue department two years back and is yet to be posted.

No different is the plight of other PH candidates whose names had figured in the rank list and are yet to be posted. The PH candidates Sugatha Kumar, a hearing impaired, Praveen A, an orthopedically handicapped and Sananda Singh a low vision candidate are yet to be considered by the state for the post of municipal secretary, though the courts had ruled in their favour.

Supreme Court directive which means that the first vacancy should be reserved for the disabled, then the 34th and 67th. It also seeks to implement the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Act from 1996 onwards and fill the PH backlog vacancies from existing KPSC rank list.

Now, the file on PH appointment is with Social Justice Department (SJD), yet a decision on implementing that can be taken only by the state government by issuing an order. When contacted, SJD secretary A Shahjahan told TOI that a joint meeting of the secretaries from the concerned departments will be held on Monday. "A decision on the appointment of the disabled based on the Supreme Court directive can be expected soon after the joint meeting," he said.

Source : TOI , 22nd Oct 2016

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