Representation for Persons with Disabilities in Railways: Government to ensure adequate representation as per Supreme Court’s order

Representation for Persons with Disabilities in Railways: Government to ensure adequate representation as per Supreme Court’s order

Representation for Persons with Disabilities in Railways: Government to ensure adequate representation as per Supreme Court’s order

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 615

ANSWERED ON 05.02.2021

RESERVATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN RAILWAYS

615. PROF. MANOJ KUMAR JHA:

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:

(a) the number of Persons with Disabilities appointed in Railways during last three years and the current year, Zone-wise;

(b) whether cases of violation of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 in Railways, have come to the notice of the Government during the said period, and if so, the details thereof, Zone-wise;

(c) whether Railways have implemented Supreme Court’s order for extending three per cent reservation to Persons with Disabilities and if so, the details thereof, Zone-wise; and

(d) the other steps taken by Government to ensure adequate representation of Persons with Disabilities in Railways?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF RAILWAYS, COMMERCE & INDUSTRY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

(SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL)

(a) to (d) : A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

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STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 615 BY PROF. MANOJ KUMAR JHA ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 05.02.2021 REGARDING RESERVATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN RAILWAYS

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(a) Zone-wise detail of the number of Persons with Disabilities appointed in Railways during last three years and the current year is as under:

Zonal RailwayNumber of Persons with Disabilities appointed in Railways
2017-182018-192019-202020-21
Central Railway114628539
Eastern Railway3631204
East Central Railway20449733
East Coast Railway244007
Northern Railway121814758
North Central Railway32147643
North Eastern Railway0549147
North East Frontier Railway33017010
North Western Railway11151315
Southern Railway391942
South Central Railway9196481
South Eastern Railway942
South East Central Railway11161114
South Western Railway29093207
Western Railway3210919070
West Central Railway1016559
Total4176211053314

(b) No cases of violation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 (which is the new Act in place of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995) have come to Ministry of Railways’ notice.

(c) Yes, Sir. Zone-wise details of recruitment are provided in part (a)

(d) In addition to provision of reservation, PwBD candidates are given following exemptions/relaxations and facilities in open market recruitment to non-gazetted posts on Railways:

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(i) Such candidates are charged a lower amount of ₹ 250 as exam fee, compared to ₹ 500 from non-exempted category and that too is refunded if the candidate appears in the written exam.

(ii) There is a provision of giving relaxation of up to 2 marks to PwBD candidates in the minimum qualifying marks for each category, , UR (Unreserved)/SC (Scheduled Caste)/ ST(Scheduled Tribe)/OBC (Other Backward Classes).

(iii) Upper age limit relaxation of 10 years is given in addition to community-wise age relaxation.

(iv) Exemption is given from appearing in Physical Efficiency Test (PET) conducted for Level-1 recruitment eaxam.

(v) PwBD candidates of several disability categories are also provided assistance of Scribes for appearing in recruitment examinations.

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Source: Rajya Sabha

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