[AI] Fw: India: Blind youth uncovers scam.

Pradeep banakar pradeep_banakar at yahoo.co.in
Sun Aug 12 06:47:24 EDT 2007

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> India:  Blind youth uncovers scam.
> Statesman News Service
> The Statesman - Kolkata,India
> August 9, 2007.
> A jobless and visually impaired youth, Mr Manoj Kumar Mohanty, has blown 
> the
> lid off a recruitment scam by alleging that candidates with proper vision
> have been assigned the Siksha Sahayak jobs that are reserved for the 
> blind.
> He also complained that merit was relegated to the background and many 
> other
> norms and guidelines were flouted with impunity, adding that the 
> authorities
> have auctioned the posts to physically fit applicants.
> The Schools and Mass Education Department and the Sarva Sikhya Abhijan had
> jointly undertaken an exercise to fill up over 1000 posts of Siksha 
> Sahayaks
> for the government-run primary schools in the district. Three per cent of
> the total number of these jobs were reserved for physically challenged
> candidates and at least 12 were recruited through this quota. Mr Mohanty 
> has
> also pointed out that some of the successful candidates who made it to the
> provisional merit list have submitted fake certificates to corroborate 
> their
> fake disability. It is believed that apart from the recruitment authority,
> the district wing of the state Health Department has also played a part in
> the scam. A thorough inquiry either by the vigilance wing or the crime
> branch department of state police has been demanded. "I was born blind. 
> Yet,
> I hold a Masters degree from Utkal university. I am also a Master in Music
> from the Orissa Sangeet Mahavidyalaya. From the point of view of
> qualification, I deserved to be considered for the job. But
> I have been arbitrarily ignored and sidelined", said Mr Mohanty
> http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=9&theme=&usrsess=1&id=165836
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