CHENNAI: The state government has initiated the process of filling the backlog of vacancies in posts in every government department and public sector undertakings (PSUs) allocated for people with disabilities. Nodal officers have been appointed in all departments and PSUs to conduct special drives to clear the backlog in vacancies. The campaign would ensure that people with disabilities are given 4% reservation as per section 34 (1) the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
So far, the social welfare department has identified as many as 1,095 vacancies, including 380 in the education department and 214 in the health department, in the government sector. The process of collecting details from PSUs is still on. “The vacancies will be filled up in the next six months by conducting special drives by the respective departments,” said an official in the social welfare department.
“The nodal officers would be responsible for the entire process of the special recruitment drive, starting from identifying vacancies till the recruitment is completed,” added the official.
The state government had announced the constitution of a panel to monitor the implementation of social justice in education, employment, postings and promotions. The panel would play a crucial role in ensuring that the long-pending vacancies meant for people with disabilities are filled up.
“We want the state government to approach the issue in a futuristic way. The panel cannot limit its authority on pending vacancies alone. Finding jobs should be an exercise that is professional, scientific, robust and participatory to ensure social justice. To achieve that, the government should appoint representatives of the community to reflect the views and thoughts of the differently abled,” said Prof Deepak Nathan, a disability rights activist and founder of December 3 Movement