Acid Attack Victims To Get Quota In Central Govt Jobs

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New Delhi: People with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks will now get quota in central government jobs, an official order said.

In case of direct recruitment, four per cent of the total number of vacancies, up from the existing three per cent, in groups A, B and C shall be reserved for people with benchmark disabilities, it said.Benchmark disability means a person with not less than forty per cent of a specified disability.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) recently wrote to all central government departments to ensure that one per cent of each posts be reserved for people with blindness and low vision; deaf and hard of hearing; locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.

One per cent posts each shall be also reserved for people suffering from autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, it said.

Intellectual disability is a condition characterised by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning such as reasoning, learning and problem solving, and in adaptive behaviour that covers a range of everyday skills.

As per an earlier order of the DoPT, issued in 2005, three per cent of the total posts were to be reserved for people with disabilities.

Of these one per cent each was for those with blindness or low vision; hearing impairment and locomotor disability or cerebral palsy. Under the new rules, all government organisations have been asked to appoint grievance redressal officers to look into complaints.

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