(News) Court Directs UPSC To Change Proforma For Differently-Abled
The Court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disability has directed the
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to withdraw its “discriminatory performa”.
It has directed the UPSC to refrain from asking differently-abled people to
submit photographs showing their disabilities and to consider the ‘permanent
disability certificate’ issued from a government hospital as a valid proof.
The action comes following an intervention by Satendra Singh, who has been
working in the area of disability rights and had written to the UPSC against
“its discriminatory policies”.
“Despite having a valid disability certificate, the UPSC asks all applicants
to use their own format for disability certificate. This is against the existing
guidelines but nobody challenged the UPSC. Moreover, the format asks applicants
to paste ‘photo showing disability’, which is not only discriminatory but also
infringement of right to privacy. An example – how can an amputee female attach
her photograph?’’ asked Dr. Singh.
He added that in a follow-up to his complaint, he also quoted the Amended
Persons with Disabilities Rules 2009, which were circulated to all the
“The amended rules show the format to be used for disability certificate and
none of them asks ‘to showcase disability’,” said the physician.
Courtesy : The Hindu