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Gujarat high court seeks reply on quota for persons with disabilities (Advocacy & Lobbying) 15.9.202

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Tuesday sought a reply from the state government over a PIL that is demanding implementation of provisions mandating a 3% quota for persons with disabilities.

The petitioner, the National Federation of the Blind, has sought HC directions to the state authorities calling for records relating to maintenance of the roster for giving effect to the 3% reservation for persons with disabilities in terms of the Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection or Rights And Full Participation) Act, 1995 and the Supreme Court’s judgment, and about the 2016 amendment that included a 1% quota for persons suffering from blindness and low vision.
Details have been sought for the period since 1996. The demand has been made to quash recruitments in which the 4% quota rule has not been followed.
The PIL demanded that the government be directed to undertake a special recruitment drive to fill the backlog of vacancies for each category of disability, including blind persons and those with low vision separately.

The government pleader sought time and informed the court that the general administration department and department of social justice are considering the issue and will come out with a solution soon. The court posted a further hearing for September 30, said the petitioner’s advocate, S H Iyer.