The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has alleged that job reservation for persons with disabilities has not been implemented properly.
In a press release, the NFB pointed out that the State government did not have any provision for computation and clearance of backlog of jobs as per the reservation quota of persons with disabilities which should be on the basis of the cadre strength of the establishment. This, despite judgments of various courts including the Supreme Court directing State governments to implement affirmative action for people with disabilities.
Gautam Agarwal, general secretary, NFB, told presspersons here on Friday that the unemployment allowance for youngsters with disabilities should be hiked and women with blindness be given special incentives. He also sought a review of the syllabus of alternative subjects for school-going visually challenged students, which had not been changed since 1970.
Besides seeking a hike in scholarship to students with disabilities for their higher education that had not been revised for the last 11 years, the NFB complained about the teachers’ vacancies in four government-run special residential schools for the blind for the past four years.
The NFB sought government jobs along with residential benefits or cash benefit for blind women in addition to recognition of special B.Ed. and D.Ed. courses that is offered to visually challenged by universities. They also want the Ministry of Women and Child Development to be renamed as “Empowerment of women-child-senior citizens and disabled.”