Showing posts with label Low Vision. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Low Vision. Show all posts

Friday, February 19, 2010

Throwing out workers with visual disabilities enmasse may be a bad precedent!

Dear Friends,

Cases like this are surely a discouragement to the voluntary initiative of private sector and are in bad taste-  both for employers and employees with disabilities.

Its difficult to prove how it all started and whether it was due to conflict between Management and Union or really due to no work being done by workers. One thing is clear, if the workers have been working for five years, they can't be shunted out in this fashion.

The management on the other hand should seek the active involvement of disabled employees in providing reasonable accommdoation. I also see a larger role here of NGOs that work in employment areas to diffuse the crises to set good precedent!
Subhash C Vashishth

-Nisha Nambiar

Pune: Approach disability commissioner; company says they were doing no work but will get pay till probe ends.

Twenty visually-challenged workers, who were suspended by a private firm in Chinchwad, have approached the Disability Commissioner complaining about violation of their rights under the Equal Opportunity Act 1995, which says disabled persons cannot be suspended.

Uma Precision Pvt Ltd had issued the suspension orders on Monday. The workers submitted their representation to the Commissioner on Tuesday. The matter will be heard on Friday.

Advocate Vaishali Sarin said that the employees have been working with Uma Precision since the last five to six years and the company cannot suspend them. “It is against the law,” she said. Sarin along with these workers will hold a sit-in protest at the company’s gates on Wednesday morning.

The firm has been into auto ancillary products for 30 years and has nearly 500 employees. It had employed the workers in its punching unit. They had been working since 2005. The workers, who are part of the MNS’s Maharashtra Navnirman Kamgar Union, had clashed with the firm’s officials earlier too.

The company officials said the workers were suspended and a probe was being conducted. Director of the firm’s Human Resources department Dilip Tilekar said the employees were not doing any work and were suspended for gross misconduct. “A committee would conduct the probe. There would be a hearing in the coming week. They would be given a chance for their say,” he said. However, these employees will continue to get their pay till the probe is completed and hearing of the case is conducted, he added.

Sarin, however, maintained that workers had been doing good work and many of them are the sole breadwinners of their families. “I am the sole breadwinner of the family. It would be very difficult to find another job soon,” said one of the suspended workers. Trainer Sunil Chordia alleged that the workers were not given adequate work and the company cannot complain about them sitting idle.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Want to become Judge? An ideal opportunity for VH law graduates in Delhi

Dear friends,

The Delhi High Court will hold Delhi Judicial Service Examination to fill at least 60 posts of Lower Judiciary in Delhi soon. I have been constantly calling upon the Visually Impaired Candidates to come forward in large number and appear for this august examination to make at least some beginning. Why I say so is because, there are five posts reserved for the Candidates with Low Vision/Blind and out of these only one has been advertised for first time, the remaining four vacancies are carried forward vacancies. You will be amazed to know that one carried forward vacancy has been advertised for fifth time, 01 for third time and 02 for second time!!

This indicates that either the information is not reaching out to the blind candidates or they are not keen on it or they are not geared up/prepared for it or there are no eligible VH candidates available!! I am sure the latter one is not true for the data of students passing out from Law Colleges indicates a good number of VH students passing out successfully. Then where they are going? I am writing it here so that I am able to circulate this information to the largest network possible and assist them in preparation for the same.

I have been told by many prospective candidates that they need some training and coaching for this which is not available in their near vicinity. The Govt. or the Delhi High Court has not made any such arrangement so far to make some special efforts to fill these vacancies by way of counselling, coaching and training. A few professional institutes that exists are not geared up to handle the needs of the VH. Non-availability of study material in alternate formats and modern technology/gadgets are other stumbling blocks.

I had written an article some time back on what all it takes for a blind to become a Judge or hold a position in Judiciary here on this blog and I received many positive comments that it was not only able to sensitize many outsiders but also insiders of the Disability Sector and particular the Visually Impaired brethren. And they promised that they would surely be looking forward to the next advertisement for the recruitment.

How to apply for Delhi Judicial Service Examination 2010?

(a) Qualifications and Age: , Indian Citizen, Law Graduate from recognised university, practicing as an advocate or qualified for enrolment as an Advocate under Advocates Act, Not more than 30 years of age as on 01 January 2011. (Age relaxation applicable for SC/ST/Ex-servicemen/ Disabled as per rules) (Though advertisement doesn't say about age relaxation to disabled but it can be presumed in light of DOPT memorandum dated 29.12.2005 regarding the same (Click for Hindi version of memo)

(b) Now if you qualify in the above criteria, go and fetch the Application Form and DJS Registration form both by paying Rs. 100 (for Disabled, SC/ST) and Rs. 600/ (for General Candidates) on any working day between 03.11.2009 - 30.11.2009 (10.30 AM to 01.00 PM and 02 PM to 4 PM) from Filing Counter of Delhi High Court. Those who can't go, can ask for it by post also (refer to detailed advertisement)

(c) Important Dates : Submit the filled application in person (By hand) at Filing Counter till 4 PM on 01.12.2009 or by Registered Post Ack Due so as to reach not later than 4 PM on 01.12.2009.

Hoping to see many Blind/ Low Vision candidates competing and getting appointed this time!

Subhash Chandra Vashishth
Advocate, Disability Rights