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Government directed to keep 30 lecturer posts vacant for persons with disability

It is mandatory that Government reserve not less than three per cent of total seats for them

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the Government to keep 30 lecturer posts vacant for persons with disability.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice P. Jyothimani passed the interim order on a public interest litigation petition filed by I. Elangovan of Voorhees College in Vellore.

Adjourning the matter to September 3, the judges said, “till further orders, the respondents are directed to keep 30 seats vacant to be filled up by persons with disability.”

In his petition, Prof. Elangovan had said that instead of reserving 30 out of 1,000 lecturer vacancies for which the selection process had been started, the Government had set apart only 13 vacancies, besides completely excluding the hearing impaired from the scheme.

As per Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995, the Government is mandated to reserve not less than three per cent of total seats for disabled persons.

One per cent each of the total vacancies should go to persons suffering from blindness or low vision; those with hearing impairment, and those having orthopaedic disability or cerebral palsy.

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