Quota for visually-impaired candidates; HC reserves verdict

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a PIL filed by an NGO seeking one per cent out of total 3 per cent quota for persons with disabilities in UPSC's civil services exam for visually- impaired candidates.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 15, 2014, 19:17 PM IST

New Delhi:The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a PIL filed by an NGO seeking one per cent out of total 3 per cent quota for persons with disabilities in UPSC's civil services exam for visually- impaired candidates.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw reserved the judgement after the counsel for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and NGO 'Sambhavana', which works for visually-impaired persons, concluded their arguments in the case.

UPSC, which has earlier reserved only two seats for visually-impaired candidates in civil services examination, was asked by the court to furnish fresh details of seats to be reserved for them as per the Disabilities Act.

"Out of total 1,364 vacancies, 53 seats have been reserved for the persons with different kinds of disabilities and this is more than three per cent seats as prescribed under the Act.

"Out of these 53 seats, 13 have been reserved for visually-impaired candidates, 21 seats have been reserved for persons suffering from locomotive disabilities and rest 19 seats have been kept for candidates with hearing disorders," the counsel for UPSC today said, adding that now, nothing survived in the plea.

Advocate Pankaj Sinha, himself visually-impaired, opposed the plea on behalf of the NGO saying visually-impaired candidates should and must get one per cent of total reserved 53 seats.

Earlier, UPSC had sought more time for furnishing details of vacancies for visually-impaired candidates in the civil services examination.

The court had earlier found fault with the assessment of UPSC that had led to the reservation of only two seats for visually-impaired candidates in the civil services examination.

The court, which had refused to stay the prelims, had said "before the schedule for Mains Examination is fixed, the respondents (UPSC and cadre-controlling authorities) shall ensure proper assessment of number of vacancies reserved for visually-impaired candidates in conformity with 1 per cent reservation provided under Section 33 of the Disabilities Act, and notify the same."