Alarmed that only 25 per cent of the posts reserved for the physically-challenged in Class-I category government jobs have been filled up owing to non-availability and non-suitability of candidates,the Himachal High Court on Wednesday directed the state government and Public Service Commission to work on alternatives to provide equal opportunities to the disabled.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary said the existing mode of selection was not in a position to ensure equal opportunity to the physically-challenged. In terms of the objectives of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act-1995,we are of the view that it is high time that the state thinks of alternate methods of selection. It should also be thought of as whether such selection should be continued with the HP Public Service Commission.
The court passed the order while disposing off an appeal filed by Shyam Singh a physically-challenged person who works as a school teacher in Darlaghat. The petitioner,who had appeared for Public Service Commission exam under three per cent reservation,was not selected because he lacked merit.
Even in selection in respect of the reserved quota,there cannot be any compromise on standard of merit as prescribed by the appointing authority. Of course,it is certainly open to the appointing authority to prescribe lesser standard,in respect of the reserved categories to achieve the objects of such reservation, the court said.