Aizawl, March 18: Mizoram Blind Society on Wednesday wrote to Mizoram Governor Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) appealing the latter’s intervention to ensure taking of appropriate action by the Government of Mizoram regarding the practical implementation of all the important and relevant provisions of The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.
In its memorandum submitted to the head of the state, the blind society alleged that the success rate of implementing the P.W.D. Act, 1995 by the Government of Mizoram is very poor due to negligence of the welfare and well-being of the blind by majority of the Government officials, Non-functioning of the State Coordination Committee and the State Executive Committee for Persons with Disabilities under the Government of Mizoram, and the weakness of the office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities to implement certain privileges.
Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, leaders of Mizoram Blind Society said the state government in its gazette published in 2007 disallowed totally blind or physically disabled people to apply for Group A and B and lecturer/Assistant Professor posts including Mizoram State Civil Service which they said is a violation of Section 33 of the P.W.D. Act, 1995. Following this they asked the Governor to take necessary action with the Department of Personnel And Administrative Reform to revise and change the present state government’s gazette according to the present Gazette of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
The leaders alleged that no reservation has been made for persons with disabilities from the very beginning of implementation of certain schemes related to poverty alleviation such as NLUP, PMRY Loans, KVI Loans, IAY, and NREG.
They also alleged that no scheme has been made by the Government of Mizoram in favor of persons with disabilities for the preferential allotment of land at concession rates for a house, setting up of business and special recreation centers, establishment of factories by entrepreneurs with disabilities which is a violation of Section 43 of P.W.D. Act, 1995.
The blind society said that some people claiming to have 40 percent disabilities have unfairly applied for government jobs especially in Group A and B posts including M.C.S. as well as in educational institutions under the disabled quota by making fake medical certificates and therefore asked the Governor to take necessary action against the competent medical authority of Mizoram as regard issuing disability certificate so that the right persons may claim the welfare schemes of the government as per the provisions of P.W.D. Act, 1995.
Among others demands put forward before the Governor, the blind society also sought appropriate action from the former for implementation of pension scheme for disabled people with no gainful occupation and unemployment allowances in proper manner, 3 percent seat reservation in jobs, establishment of the Regional offices of various National Institutes for persons with disabilities in the state. It also sought Governor’s action with Mizoram University to grant affiliation to the SCERT Study Centre at the earliest possible.