The short list for teachers has been notified by Services Selection Recruitment Board through its website jkssb.nic.in. The reservation for persons with disabilities has been ignored by the Selection board. All the categories have been given their due but the persons with disabilities have been totally dropped from the list. Highly qualified candidates with disabilities are disappointed with the move. Most of the persons with disabilities are in great agony because they are going to cross the upper age limits. The surprising fact is that the Supreme Court of India has passed the direction that if the reservation percentage exceeds 50 percent in case of the employment of the persons with disabilities it should be ensured in all conditions. The three percent reservation for persons with disabilities has been endorsed by JK Persons with Disabilities Act – 1998.
It is first time when the Service Selection Board J&K used screening test as a medium to select the teachers and other posts in the State thus General Administration Department, Social Welfare Department, SSRB Convener and Chairperson were represented well in advance that the reservation / category for persons with disabilities should be maintained separately. Despite their assurances and promises the persons with disabilities have been discriminated and segregated.
The highly educated disabled persons have to compete in exams at par with physically fit persons in all types of climatic conditions. This is the annual exam season and harsh climatic conditions. Thus wheelchair users, blind persons and all types of severe disabled people carried in laps, go and take examination in these conditions.
It is humbly requested that kindly direct the concerned authorities like GAD and SSRB to provide three percent separate quota to persons with disabilities without any hesitations.
Javed Ahmad Tak,
Humanity Welfare Organisation
Helpline NGO, Bijbehara Kashmir