[AI] Ira Singhal likely to be face of govt’s disability schemes

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 06:48:35 PDT 2015

Ira Singhal, who topped this year’s civil services examination, could
be the brand ambassador for the programmes of Department of
Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

After felicitating the differently-abled IRS officer in Delhi on
Wednesday, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar
Chand Gehlot said that Ms. Singhal could be the brand ambassador for
the department for its schemes and programmes and her achievements
shall inspire a whole generation of youth to come forward and achieve
glorious heights.

Lov Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with
Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment assured her
that the problems pointed out by her which are being faced by persons
with disabilities while appearing in competitive examinations shall be
addressed, an official statement said.

The Secretary further said that the department will proactively ensure
that seamless guidelines are available for such persons, it said.
Awanish K. Awasthi, Joint Secretary to the Department of Empowerment
of Persons with Disabilities said that in consultation with UPSC, SSC,
UGC and other educational bodies, the department will strive to ensure
that the guidelines are such that they help and promote the cause of
PwDs to achieve their inclusion, participation and empowerment.

Delhi-based Ms. Singhal became the first differently-abled woman to
top the civil services examination in which the top four positions
were bagged by women.

Suffering from Scoliosis, a spine-related disorder, 31-year-old Ms.
Singhal clinched the top position in her sixth at

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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