Aiming to help acid attack victims, the government is planning to launch a new scheme wherein such people will get reservation in central government jobs as well as be entitled to promotions. A draft proposal regarding this has already been prepared by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). In the proposal, it has been mentioned that vacancies, promotion quotas and an age relaxation may be considered for acid attack victims. People with other disabilities will also be entitled to such benefits. The proposal talks about people with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability along with victims of acid attacks.
However, experts said that the proposal may face legal challenges since a case related to reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities is being argued before the Supreme Court of India. “In case of direct recruitment, four per cent of the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength in each group of the posts, i.e. A, B, C and D, shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities,” the DoPT said. Benchmark disabilities include various conditions such as blindness, low vision, deafness, hardness of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy and cured leprosy.