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Gujarat govt brings policy of 4% quota for people with disabilities (Public policy and programs) 8.1

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government has passed a resolution granting the benefit of 4% reservation in government jobs for people with disabilities. Following the state government implementing the policy, the Gujarat high court on Thursday disposed a PIL demanding 4% quota for the physically challenged people.

Petitioner, the National Federation of the Blind, had sought HC’s directions to the state authorities for calling for the records relating to the maintenance of roster for giving effect to 3% reservation for persons with disabilities in terms of the Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights And Full Participation) Act, 1995 and the Supreme Court’s judgment, and about the 2016 amendment that included 1% quota for persons suffering from blindness and low vision. The details have been sought since 1996. The demand has been made to quash recruitments in which the rule of 4% quota has not been followed.
Petitioner’s advocate S H Iyer said that the government has agreed to their demand of 4% quota for people with disabilities as well as the demand to furnish the records. “The question, however, is about the recruitment drives which have been already over,” he said by quoting a Supreme Court’s order, which called for a special drive to induct those candidates with disabilities who were left out during the recruitment drives which have been completed.
The lawyer raised the issue before the HC, but the judges opined that the state government has met with the primary demands raised in the PIL. For other demands, the petitioner may approach appropriate forum.