Court ask UPSC to appoint visually impaired man

February 25th, 2009 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday provided a ray of hope for a visually impaired man and asked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to appoint him within six weeks on the basis of the civil service examination he cleared in 2006.
A division bench comprising of Justices A.K. Sikri and Suresh Kait imposed a cost of Rs.25,000 on the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) for the delay in Ravi Prakash’s appointment and forcing him to file a case over the issue.

The court also directed the government to fill seven other posts lying vacant since 1996 under the quota for disabled persons.

Prakash’s counsel argued that as per the Disabilities Act the government should give one percent to the visually challenged out of three percent reservation for the handicapped persons in the appointment to government jobs.

Prakash cleared the civil service examination in 2006 but was denied appointment by the DOPT on the ground that there was only one post meant for handicapped people.

Being aggrieved of the decision taken by the government, Prakash approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which dismissed his plea. Finally, he approached the high court challenging the CAT order.

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