Specially-abled perform 'urulu seve' for benefits

Specially-abled persons perform ‘urulu seve’ in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office in Chamarajanagar urging fulfilment of their various demands. DH photo

The protesting members started their ‘urulu seve’ (a religious practice of rolling over) from Chamarajeshwara Temple. They said the protest was being held as part of pressure building on the government to to fill up vacancies reserved for specially-abled.

“The government should arrive at a clear decision before December 3, which is celebrated as ‘International day for specially-abled’, else the members will take up indefinite fasting from then on,” said the protestors.

Applications have been invited for field officers in Department of Land Survey. And those posts have been reserved for specially-abled belonging to only three categories such as those who have recovered from psychological illness, people with up to 40 per cent  hearing impairment, and persons who have recovered from leprosy. People with other kinds of disabilities have been denied opportunities.

All specially-abled persons should have equal access to opportunities reserved for them. Special training should be imparted to the selected candidates.

Everyone should be allowed to apply for the posts advertised for them.

This is the only way to ensure social justice, the protestors said. Committee district president N Krishnamurthy, Bangarashetty, Rajesh, Naganaika, V Kumar, Basavanna, Mahesh, Siddalingaswamy, Mahadevamma and others were present on the occasion.

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