No routine transfers for govt staff with autistic kids

Central government employees who have autistic children will not have to face routine transfers any more.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh on Monday took the decision to include autism in a list with the Department of Disability, after the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) examined the scope of bringing the developmental disorder under the definition of disabled.

“Considering the fact that a child with autism spectrum disorder requires constant support of a caregiver and it would be imperative for government employees with such children to take of their child on a continuous basis, it has been decided to include ‘autism’ in the term ‘disabled’ in the office memorandum,” read a DoPT order.

Earlier, blindness, vision or hearing impairment, locomotor disability or cerebral palsy, leprosy, mental retardation or mental illness were among other conditions under the term disabled.

Deccan Herald had on June 10 reported about the new guideline. The government had issued orders that a government servant, who is also a caregiver of disabled child, should be exempted from the routine exercise of transfer.

Upbringing and rehabilitation of a disabled child requires financial support and “making the government employee choose voluntary retirement on the pretext of routine transfer or rotation transfer would have an adverse impact on the rehabilitation process of the disabled child”, the order had said.

The government had received a series of representations in this regard. It was argued that an employee raises a kind of support system over a period of time in the locality where he or she resides to help rehabilitate their disabled child.

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