Quota for differently-abled persons: SC asks UGC to reply

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the University Grants Commission (UGC) on a plea alleging that differently-abled persons were not being given three percent reservation in jobs as mandated by law, by the universities.

PTI| Updated: Nov 24, 2015, 19:55 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the University Grants Commission (UGC) on a plea alleging that differently-abled persons were not being given three percent reservation in jobs as mandated by law, by the universities.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant issued notice to the UGC and asked it to file a response within five weeks on the plea filed by the Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation.

The Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act provides for separate one per cent reservation for each of the three categories of persons with disabilities -- persons suffering from blindness and low vision, those suffering from hearing disability and those suffering from loco-motor disability or cerebral palsy.

Referring to the statutory provisions, the plea alleged that the persons with disabilities were not getting reservation in jobs by various universities across the country.