Delhi HC disappointed with authorities’ attitude towards appointment of PWDs

Delhi HC was displeased because authorities failed to be present in a plea pertaining to the appointment of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the railways


While handling a plea by Toshiyas, an entity that works for the welfare of persons with disabilities (PWDs), the Delhi High Court made its disappointment very clear at the concerned authorities being inadequately represented.

Toshiyas wished for an order issued by the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) on October 25, 2019 to be executed. In short, they had an order in hand, but remained deprived of employment due to lack of implementation / execution of the order. The society wished for the Central government and the Railways to take positive action towards processing the employment order for the PWDs.

Justice Chandra Dhari Singh observed that while the Indian government comes up with programmes and schemes for its citizens, it does not really follow through with its assurances. Due to lack of proper execution, citizens are left running from pillar to post to try and avail of the benefits granted to them by the authorities. The lack of representation of authorities in the said plea was just one of the examples felt Singh.

The society drew attention to the lack of cooperation from the railway authorities in this case, which was filed a considerable while ago. Singh observed with displeasure the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities in this case, which actually required prompt as well as serious and sensitive handling.

The HC has asked for the intervention of the Railway Ministry and the Additional Solicitor General in the matter. The next hearing is scheduled for 10 August.

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