They seek increase in reservation from 3 to 6 per cent

MADURAI: A nine-member team of differently abled members of the Madurai District Physically Handicapped Welfare Association marched towards Chennai on their tricycles and bicycles highlighting a charter of demands on Gandhi Jayanthi from the Gandhi Museum.

Drawing the attention of Government to their plight, S. Boopathy, secretary of the association, disagreed with the view that there were not sufficient qualified differently-abled candidates for employment and said that there were more than one lakh such unemployed graduates in the State.

He wanted the State either to absorb people through employment exchanges or conduct a job fair exclusively for the challenged for appointment in private enterprises.

He also stressed the need to open industrial estates in all districts, which would provide succour to more than 4 lakh people.

The association wanted the Government to increase their reservation from 3 per cent to 6 per cent. It urged the Government to fill more than 3000 vacancies in Group C and D categories with the differently-abled and wanted the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission to start a training centre in Madurai to coach them for examinations conducted by it.

The other demands included extension of transport concession to all handicapped persons, free hostel facility for differently-abled working women, hassle-free loan facilities from banks, preference in Central Government schemes to run village handicrafts shops, free house site pattas, reservation in local bodies, Assembly and Parliament and monthly pension for successful physically challenged sportspersons.

The rally was jointly organised by the Southern Zone unit of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Handicapped Associations and Madurai District Physically Handicapped Welfare Association.