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Government jobs for those with learning disabilities too

Source | : By NIDHI SHARMA

NEW DELHI: India has opened government jobs to differently abled with learning disabilities, autism and victims of acid attacks.

Nine months after the enactment of Right of Persons with Disabilities Act in April 2017, the Centre has spelt out the rules for employing differently, increased the reservation from 3% to 4% and reserved government jobs for persons with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities and acid attack victims.

The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has framed rules for reserving, advertising and filling up of government vacancies across all groups and directed all ministries to follow them starting this year.

The office memorandum dated January 15, which has been reviewed by ET, specifies 1% reservation for differently abled with low vision and blindness, another 1% for deaf and hard of hearing, 1% for locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy and 1% for autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness. If a person has multiple disabilities, he would compete with persons in the third category with intellectual disabilities.

Terming it as a “landmark move”, disability rights activist Javed Abidi said, “It is a paradigm shift for India. This is the first time we are including intellectual disabilities and going beyond the definition of disability.”


The employment rules also specify a procedure to exempt a cadre or establishment from reservation for differently abled. If a ministry wants to exempt any cadre fully or partly from the provisions of reservation, it would make a reference to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under the ministry of social justice and empowerment and give full justification for the proposal.

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