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High Court Orders State To Freeze Hirings Until Disability Quotas Are Met
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 14, 2006

MUMBAI, INDIA--The Bombay High Court has given the Maharashtra state government just three months to make up for lost time and hire thousands of people with disabilities.

India's Persons with Disability Act 1995 requires the government to set aside three percent of its jobs for workers with disabilities.

But the Maharashtra government has failed to meet that quota, say the National Federation of Blind and Indian Legal Aid Society, which filed legal complaints over the issue.

Last Thursday, the government told the court that of the 8,468 jobs set aside for workers with disabilities in 27 departments, only 2,388 were vacant. When the NFB and ILS disagreed, saying the numbers of vacancies was much higher, the court ordered the government to give the advocates access to employment records to determine the actual number.

The High Court's order extends a July 31 deadline the Justices had set in February. This time, however, they set a freeze on all hiring of people without disabilities until the quotas are met in positions where people with disabilities may be appointed.

Related:
State government rapped for inaction over disability issue (India Express News Service)

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