“The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) seeks time to file the status report. If the status report is not filed within two weeks, then the Secretary, DoPT, will have to appear in person on the next date of hearing,” a bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog said.
The court, which had granted the last opportunity to DoPT for filing the report on March 12, has posted the matter for hearing on May 21.
The bench was hearing a PIL, filed by National Federation of Blind in 2006, seeking implementation of earlier directions issued by the High Court and the apex court on providing quota to differently-abled, including visually-impaired, persons.
The apex court had on October 8 last year asked the Centre and state governments to provide 3 per cent quota in jobs to disabled persons in their departments, firms and PSUs, observing that it was an “alarming reality” that they are unemployed due to social and practical barriers.
The Supreme Court had also asked the Centre and the state governments to compute the number of vacancies available in all the “establishments” and identify the posts for disabled persons within three months and implement it without default.
It had clarified the three per cent reservation will be to the extent of one per cent each for the blind, hearing and speech-impaired and persons suffering from locomotor disability or cerebral palsy.
It had further said the principle of not exceeding more than 50 per cent quota would not come in the way of granting reservation benefits to differently-abled persons.
National Federation of Blind, through senior lawyer S K Rungta, moved the high court for revival of the PIL saying the directions of the apex court have not been complied with.
Taking note of the plea, the court asked DoPT to file a status report regarding implementation of earlier directions.
It also said the report should have vacancy details of all the departments.