[AI] Gujarat: State has blind spot for visually impaired

Aravind R aravind.andhrabank at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 22:17:55 PDT 2015

very shocking and unbelievable to read this

On 7/13/15, avinash shahi <shahi88avinash at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been long maintaining that the  Gujarat government is not
> following the orders and to reiterate, this legacy is carried on from
> then CM and now PM Narendra Modi. Read below a report published in
> today's TOI detailing the ordeal of blind people in chronological
> order...
> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/State-has-blind-spot-for-visually-impaired/articleshow/48047444.cms
>  AHMEDABAD: India's ace-blind cricketer Bhalaji Damor's apathetic
> condition is just a reflection of how insensitive the Gujarat
> bureaucracy is towards the visually impaired. Gujarat today is the
> only state which restricts completely visually impaired from
> government jobs via its own February 2013 government notification of
> the education department.
> Rajesh Mulwani, for instance, who is totally blind, is today the
> principal of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) in
> Amreli district. Not because the government selected him under
> reservation, but he had to fight against the government in the Gujarat
> high court, which ruled in his favour in January 2013, and ensured
> that Mulwani was "deemed fit" for the principal's post.
> Mulwani's struggle also inspired 14 other completely visually impaired
> students seeking primary teacher jobs last year to move the HC against
> the government against the 2010 resolution. "There have been two HC
> rulings against the government on the issue of not recruiting 100 per
> cent blind teachers but the government still refuses to withdraw the
> notification," says Mulwani. Ironically, there are more than 250
> totally blind teachers, recruited in government primary schools of the
> state.
> Bushan Punani, executive secretary of the Blind People's Association
> (BPA) says, "The 2013 resolution is against section 32 of Persons with
> Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full
> Participation) Act, 1995. This notification in turn fixes criteria for
> recruitment for visually impaired as people with more than 40% but
> less than 75% vision for teachers job."
> In another case Ravi Segliya, 32, was among 31 totally blind primary
> school teachers who had to knock on the high court's door to figure in
> the list of 23,500 primary school teachers recruited between July 5,
> 2010 and September 5, 2011. The PIL was filed by a blind candidate
> Kaushik Akabari.
> "The 2013 notification reserves just 1.5% jobs for people with low
> vision and not completed blind candidates" says Segliya. He adds,
> "After the high court ruled in our favour in 2011 we had to file a
> contempt application in 2012 so that government acts on the court's
> order ," says Segliya.
> --
> Avinash Shahi
> Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU
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nothing is difficult unless you make it appear so.

r. aravind,

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