[AI] Be Sensitive to Blind People, Bombay High Court Tells Govt

Vamshi G gvamshiai at gmail.com
Fri Jun 18 09:49:22 EDT 2010


But Subramani sir, anything that has to be done should be provided by the
statue.  The PWD Act, in it's current form, doesn't differentiate between
blind and low vision people.  So, I really wonder how can the court give
such directions without the support for the same from the Act.

Personally I support the court's advise of treating blind and low vision as
2 different sub-categories of the VH category, with more preference to the
blind.  

And incidents like this support the arguments that there should be 2
categories in the VH category, mildly disabled and severely disabled, or
even 3 categories, mildly disabled, moderately disabled and severely
disabled, which has been emphasised time and again by legal experts like Mr.
Rajesh Asudani on the list as well as on the blog dedicated for this
purpose.
 
I hope topics like this on the list motivate more people to write their
opinions on the Access India blog dedicated for this purpose.

Regards,
Vamshi G
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This is really unfortunate. How can the blind and the low vision be the
sme? There needs to be certain consideration for the totally blind since
it seems they are left behind. Hope the judgement is in their favour. 

Subramani 
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Be sensitive to blind people, Bombay high court tells govt
Hetal Vyas / DNA
Friday, June 18, 2010 0:56 IST
Mumbai:
Maharashtra government's attitude treating persons with total and 
partial blindness
'uniformly' while considering them for jobs under the physically 
challenged quota
has not gone down well with the Bombay high court.

A division bench of acting chief justice JN Patel and justice SC 
Dharmadhikari on
Thursday observed: "The authorities need to be careful and sensitive 
towards these
people. These people are not beggars, they can perform if given an 
opportunity."
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by 
Harshad Jadhav,
a blind man seeking directives to the state government to implement 
the provisions
of Disabilities Act, 1995, and provide jobs to the physically 
challenged people in
government bodies.
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, 
observing that
such an attitude will make the totally blind compete with either with 
the partially
blind or those with poor vision.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_be-sensitive-to-blind-people-bomba
y-high-court-tells-govt_1397881





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