Government identifies posts for people with disabilities

The Karnataka High Court on Friday vacated the stay on recruitment for government jobs after the State government “responded positively” by issuing a notification identifying the posts for persons with disabilities in various departments.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna passed the order while vacating its August 2 order through which it had directed the government not to make any recruitment in violation of the list issued by the Central government identifying posts that can be reserved for persons with disabilities.

August 2 order was issued as the State government then had failed to either identify posts that can be reserved for persons with disabilities on its own or agreed to adopt the list issued by the Central government. The court had even ordered maintenance of status quo on all the ongoing recruitments through the Karnataka Public Service Commission till the State government identified the posts.

Subsequently, the State government on September 7 issued the notification identifying the posts for persons with disabilities in the Group A and B posts and sought modification of the August 2 interim order. Following this, the court permitted the government to proceed with the process of recruitment to the Group A and B posts while asking the government to identify posts in Group C and D also.

Appearing for the State, Advocate-General S. Vijay Shanak on Friday informed the court that the government on October 9 had issued a notification with regard to Group C and D also, and sought time for identifying posts in some of the recently created posts by referring them to the expert committee.

The Bench asked the State government to identify posts for persons with disabilities in public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, universities and aided institutions.

While asking the State government to complete the process of identifying posts suitable for persons with disabilities in the newly created posts within six months, the Bench disposed of a batch of PIL petitions filed by the National Federation of the Blind, Karnataka State Spinal Injuries Association and others, complaining about non-reservation of three p.c. of the total posts for persons with disabilities as per the law.

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