Disabled Staff To Get Quota In Promotion With Effect From 2016

Syllabus: GS-II;

Subject: Governance

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population.

Context: The Union government issued an order paving the way for persons with disabilities to be considered for reservation in promotions.

  • The Centre will grant ‘notional promotion’ to officers eligible for promotion from June 30, 2016, under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.
  •  The Department of Personnel and Training’s decision aligns with Supreme Court directions, ensuring financial benefits when officers assume charge.
  •  The promotion includes seniority quota and competitive exams. Ministries must identify supernumerary posts, created temporarily, to protect seniority.
  • In May 2022, the DoPT clarified 3% reservation for Persons with Disabilities in identified Group A and B posts from June 30, 2016, addressing SC’s directive for ‘reservation in promotion.’

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016

  • Disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept.
  • The types of disabilities have been increased from existing 7 to 21.
  • The Central Government will have the power to add more types of disabilities.
  • Appropriate governments to take effective measures to ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy their rights equally with others.
  • Additional benefits such as reservation in higher education (not less than 5%), government jobs (not less than 4 %), reservation in allocation of land, poverty alleviation schemes (5% allotment) etc. have been provided.
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