Representatives of non-governmental organisations who participated in a daylong orientation programme on Wednesday called for implementation of the three per cent reservation for differently abled persons in government jobs.

At the programme organised by the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) Regional Centre to sensitise government departments on equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in employment, the NGOs pointed out that local bodies did not adhere by the notification during recruitment for teachers.

The NGO representatives urged the Commissioner For the Differently Abled to conduct regular meetings of the Coordination committee and ensure representation for persons with disabilities in the committee.

Sometimes, a person who had been recruited was repeatedly sent interview call letters while others waited for their turn. Some NGOs complained that government agencies did not have a uniform format for medical fitness for a job.

“For the position of a Village Administrative Officer a person was asked whether he could climb trees,” said P. Simmachandran, Federation of Tamilnadu Differently Abled Associations.

P.R. Shampath, Commissioner for the Differently Abled, who inaugurated the programme, said often government departments recruited thousands of employees without paying heed to the provisions in the Persons with Disabilities Act.

Often departments and NGOs sought government orders and notifications to implement the reservation quota.

Lack of awareness

He cited the instance of the Education department which had recruited around 16,000 part time teachers and the Transport department, which had issued licences to 1,700 differently abled persons, the job of conductor could be given to persons with partial disability, he said.

One of the reasons for non-implementation was lack of awareness about the PWD Act, Mr. Shampath said.

S. Namburajan, Tamilnadu Association for the Rights of All types of Differently Abled and Care Givers pointed out that the government did not adhere to the recruitment norms even in the field of medical and paramedical staff.

“Disabled persons are not recruited as nursing staff. Even if PWDs are not suited for the job of nurses, they could be recruited as laboratory technicians as it requires them to sit at a place and work,” he told The Hindu .

Mahesan Kasirajan, Director of Employment and Training, spoke.