Disabled: Govt Blind -Indians are insensitive

Blind woman gets Rlys job after 4-yr struggle

Kundan Pandey TNN

     Indore:Avisually challenged woman who cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) with distinction in 2008 but was denied posting got justice after a four-year battle and the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Purnima Jain, with 75% visual disability, has been offered an Indian Railway Personnel Services (IRPS) posting under Group B of Class I.

      Although Purnima is willing to take up the new job, she isn’t satisfied with the posting. Her scores, she says, are on a par with those selected for IAS. “It’s a sort of double marginalization: as a woman and then being physically challenged,” Purnima told TOI.

      A post-graduate in Public Administration, Purnima cleared the UPSC exams with 1,123 marks and hoped to get into the IAS or IFS. But that was not to be. “The person selected in the 2008 batch had got only 991 marks,” said Purnima, adding, “I got 210 marks out of 300 in the interview, equal to that of the topper.”

      When her order wasn’t issued, she moved the Madhya Pradesh high court in which UPSC and Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) raised “questions of maintainability”, saying the court had no jurisdiction in such cases. “I approached the Central Administrative Tribunal and finally the decision was in my favour,” said Purnima. But the government was not keen on implementing the order. So, she approached Union minister V Narayanasamy who assured her of action in two or three weeks. Though the UPSC then recommended her name, no order came, which forced her to meet PM Manmohan Singh.

      Soon, she got a letter from DoPT offering her a job in Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS) which she is going to take up next week. “I deserve more than what I am getting. But I am happy that I finally secured the position,” Purnima told TOI.



Purnima Jain, with 75% visual disability, clears UPSC exams in 2008 with distinction but given no posting  Moves MP high court, but govt argues that the court has no jurisdiction. She then moves the Central Administrative Tribunal which orders she be given a posting
No action on order, she meets Union minister Narayanasamy, followed by PM
Finally, govt gives her Class I railway job

All they need is a SPECIAL TOUCH

        Bangalore is a city in a hurry, growing swiftly and thoughtlessly. It is only families of children with disabilities which realize that the city has almost forgotten their little ones with their little needs

Saswati Mukherjee B | TNN

    Ishaan Awasthi is like any other eight-year-old till Ram Shankar Nikumbh realizes him to be a special child – a dyslexic in need of extra help to comprehend even schoolwork. Ishaan — of the popular Bollywood flick ‘Taare Zameen Par’ — may have found his guardian angel in Nikumbh, but very few special kids in Bangalore have access to minimum facilities on city roads and public places, least of all a guardian angel to help them overcome their challenges to lead a dignified life.

Cosmopolitan city Bangalore — often labelled the best when it comes to amenities, facilities and infrastructure — sadly falls flat on its face when it comes to being a disabled-friendly city, especially for children. Be it children with physical disabilities or those with learning disabilities, there is little the city has to offer in terms of facilities so they have access to a normal life.
The stark absence of ramps and uneven footpaths make it difficult for parents to manoeuvre the wheelchairs of their special children properly on city roads. “Getting on to a bus is almost ruled out due to the high floors. For special children, even travelling in an auto is tough as they have to be lifted and placed inside. In a nutshell, parents of children with special needs need to use private vehicles at all times. There has to be a consolidated and consistent political will from the state government to help such children,” said Jayashree Ramesh, director of Asha.

     “Our own building has a footpath entrance. No one really gives accessibility issues for special children a thought, and that is really unfortunate,” said Usha Ramnathan, director of Asha Foundation, a therapy centre for children with neurological challenges.


      There’s been a lot of progress, but when it comes to upgrading facilities to accommodate the special child, the efforts are few and inconsistent. “People think twice when it comes to sharing a swimming pool with special children. There is the constant fear of them either urinating or passing motion while in the swimming pool, which is the biggest deterrent to them enjoying a swim. In terms of communication devices, a lot more needs to be devised to help children with special needs,” said Vaishali Pai, founder of Tamahar Trust, a centre working towards integrating special children with the mainstream.

 “Principals of mainstream schools often cite a lack of acceptance by parents of regular kids to refuse admission to special kids. Parents often have a difficult time coping with the stares they get in public, with their special child in tow. As a result, parents mostly end up giving social gatherings a miss,” said Priya Sandeep, a rehabilitation psychologist who heads Hope – The Early Intervention Centre.


Delhi Jats: Very Well Off

Political Parties have done their best to divide the people of this country.

Congress Has lead the pack from the front. It will be interesting to watch how Congress and other parties will trash the report and make jats who were once rulers in to a deprived community.

Delhi jats ‘well off’, fail to make the cut in OBC list

Subodh Ghildiyal TNN

New Delhi: The country’s backward classes panel has rejected the claim for inclusion of Delhi Jats in the central list of OBCs, finding the community socially, educationally and financially advanced.
The decision, made a few months ago but kept under wraps, could negatively impact Congress’s fresh bid to put Jats in the central list, a promise made with an eye on community votes in western UP in the coming elections.
The National Commission of Backward Classes recently cited the findings of a “research study on Jat community in Delhi” done in 2005 to reject the petition. The issue has since been returned to the social justice ministry.
The study by Indian Institute of Public Administration may strengthen critics of Congress’s move to promise backward status to Jats. The party publicly backed the demand after Ajit Singh’s RLD joined the UPA recently, eager as they appeared to mobilize the resourceful social group in their battle for Lucknow.
The Delhi-specific study could influence the survey that NCBC ordered last week to examine the claim for inclusion of Jats in the central list. The survey is likely to span across western UP, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan to probe the community’s socioeconomic status. The Centre agreed to revisit the issue after an agitation last year.
The Delhi case, however, could be a dampener for the future survey. The IIPA study found the community, concentrated in north, northwest, south, south-west and west districts of Delhi, to be doing well, with high literacy rates and good income levels. But because of higher engagement with agriculture in north, north-west and south-west, Jats suffer from poor infrastructure.
Their social status appeared at par with “forward castes”, with overwhelming sections saying they were treated well by Brahmins and Kshatriyas. According to the study, half of the community said they were treated well by the upper castes, and felt closer to Kshatriyas, while another 20% said there was no social discrimination. Around 30%, however, felt the social stigma of inferiority.
The literacy rate was found to be impressively high at 85.7%, with male and female literacy standing at 92% and 78%. This is higher than the literacy rate among the general population of 83.7%. Only in south-west district did the community’s literacy rate fall below the average. However, the level of education was found to be low and the dropout rate high.
The economic condition was found to be “fairly good”, with incomes in south district being “very good” in view of the community’s high engagement in business. The per capita monthly income was found to be a little over Rs 5,000 in rural areas and above Rs 8,000 in urban areas.



National Commission of Backward Classes said the community was doing well with high literacy rates and good income levels