Some Visually Challenged UPSC Candidates can Get Job in
Five years ago, Shivam Kumar had cleared the Union Public
Services Commission (UPSC) examination, but he was not appointed to the civil
services. Now, he stands a chance to join the coveted service as the Central
Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the UPSC to give appointment letters
to four visually-impaired candidates by October this year since they had secured
more marks than some general category candidates who cleared the same
"Despite scoring more than at least six general category
candidates who were selected for various posts in the civil services, I was
discriminated against. I along with three other candidates — Pankaj Kumar
Srivastava, Abhishek Kumar and Rahul Mittal — moved the CAT which has ruled in
our favour," said Kumar, now 34 years old.
A resident of Motihari in Bihar, Kumar lost his vision when
he was 17. "For four years, I sat at home and indulged in pooja paath (prayers).
I was told there was no cure to this disease and I submitted myself to God. But
in 2001, I decided to move to Delhi and learnt Braille. I completed my
graduation and managed to clear the UPSC exams in three attempts," added Kumar,
who works as a lower division clerk at a Delhi court.
Courtesy: The Indian Express