RTI request proves persons with disabilities don't get their share
Gainful employment continues to be a distant dream for persons with disabilities with the 5 per cent reservation given to them in government jobs remaining only on paper.
According to the details provided by the Employment and Training Department to Right To Information (RTI) activist, Mohammed Wahid Ali, of the 21,727 persons with disabilities in the State, only 16 were given employment in government departments during 2009-10.
Awaiting a call
Mr. Ali — an unemployed B.Com. graduate and a person with disability, waiting for an interview call from the Employment Exchange — had sought to know the total number of vacancies notified, placements and the number of candidates in the live register of the Employment Exchange.
Figures say it all
In 2009-10, 13 such persons in Hassan district were provided government jobs, in Bangalore the figure was two, and one in Hubli. In the remaining 26 employment exchanges in the State, not even one person with disability was given a job in the government sector.
As per the information provided to Mr. Ali, during 2010-11 only seven persons were provided jobs against the total of 47 notified vacancies.
While two persons with disabilities were given jobs in Hubli and Bellary, one each was employed in Bagalkot, Davangere and Bangalore.
Mr Ali said he had also sought details of the budgetary allocation made by the Government for the Employment and Training Department and also the audited accounts details of the expenditure. While the department had provided the budgetary allocation details, those pertaining to audited accounts were not provided on the plea that they did not have the details.
As per their information, the department was given Rs. 319.86 crore for 2011-12 in the budget, which included salaries and other expenditure.
Mr. Ali said he proposed to file a complaint with the Karnataka Information Commissioner against the Employment and Training Department for not providing details of the audited accounts and as well as for not ensuring that persons with disabilities got their share of jobs.