Specially-abled youth struggles to get govt job, approaches court


Muhammad Nadeem Bhat (23) of Batamaloo, a specially-abled youth having four sisters and old aged parents at his home, is running from pillar to post to get a government job under disabled category.
“I want to earn to feed my family. There is no other male member in my family except me and my old aged father. Despite all odds, I qualified class 12 examination in 2016,” said Nadeem who suffers cerebral palsy with dystonia with locomotive disability. Father of Nadeem is a labourer.
He has applied for various posts advertised by the government in various departments including education, post office, horticulture, health, social welfare, etc. He was sure he would get the job under ‘person with disability’ category.
His hopes were high when the Supreme Court in 2016 ruled that wherever posts are identified to be suitable for disabled persons, “three percent reservation must be given in direct recruitment as well as in promotion to for persons with disabilities.”
Commissioner for persons with disabilities, Iqbal Lone, said that under Jammu and Kashmir Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1998, persons with disabilities are entitled to three percent reservations.
“There are around 3.50 lakh persons in J&K having one or other disabilities. We have to look into the reasons as why the guy you are mentioning couldn’t get job under this category,” he said.
He said the 1998 Act was outdated and the state was “going to enact a new legislation to give more benefits to the persons with disabilities.”
“Authorities are also framing the comprehensive scheme for the persons with disabilities.”
Bhat, after being dejected by the authorities’ response, has filed a writ petition before the High Court.
The court while passing an order in the writ petition, has observed: “It has become necessary to ask other respondents (various government departments) in the writ petition, including director health services Kashmir, director national rural health mission Kashmir to file response with reference to considering the case of the petitioner for his absorption in the department.”
Listing the case on 21 July 2018, the court ordered that the director health services Kashmir and director national rural health mission Kashmir shall make endeavour to expand the scope of adjusting the petitioner (Bhat).
As per the 2011 census, there are over 3.60 lakh people nearly three percent of J&K population, with one or other disabilities – 2.8 are visually impaired, 0.38 lakh are physically challenged, 0.17 lakh have speech disability and 0.13 lakh have other impairment.

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