[AI] Be Sensitive to Blind People, Bombay High Court Tells Govt
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Fri Jun 18 04:25:40 EDT 2010
Be sensitive to blind people, Bombay high court tells govt
Hetal Vyas / DNA
Friday, June 18, 2010 0:56 IST
Maharashtra government's attitude treating persons with total and
'uniformly' while considering them for jobs under the physically
has not gone down well with the Bombay high court.
A division bench of acting chief justice JN Patel and justice SC
Thursday observed: "The authorities need to be careful and sensitive
people. These people are not beggars, they can perform if given an
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by
a blind man seeking directives to the state government to implement
of Disabilities Act, 1995, and provide jobs to the physically
challenged people in
Chief secretary JP Dange, in an affidavit submitted in the court,
stated that the
government is following the recommendations of an expert committee,
as per the provisions
of the act. "Therefore, the recommendations are binding and the state
has no authority
to overrule them," said the affidavit.
Dange also justified state's stand on treating the totally blind and
those with low
vision uniformly. "If the number of persons from totally blind
category find it difficult
to get selected, the state can hardly do anything in this regard,"
said his affidavit.
The judges particularly expressed displeasure about this statement,
such an attitude will make the totally blind compete with either with
blind or those with poor vision.
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