SHC seeks govt reports in special persons rights case

September 9, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed federal and provincial authorities on Wednesday to place on record comprehensive reports on enforcement of special persons rights including employment and action taken in case of their violations.

The direction came on a petition filed by a group of special citizens seeking enforcement of Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance 1981. Amin Mohammad and others pleaded to the court to order the relevant authorities to implement the ordinance concerning employment of people with disabilities.

Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, who headed a division bench, rejected the reports of federal and provincial governments on implementation of the disabled persons rights stating that the comments did not satisfy the relevant queries of the court. He noted that gist of the comments filed by federal as well as provincial government is that they have not been able to comply with the provisions of the Ordinance on account of the ban imposed on recruitments.

The judge said, “In the first place, both the governments ought to have disclosed as to how many vacancies in terms of one percent quota for disabled person area lying vacant and since how long the prescribed quota was being violated? Does the relevant authority of both governments maintain the record of the various commercial and industrial establishments with regard to the compliance of one percent quota? What steps have been taken against those private concerns defying the Ordinance and what measure have been put in place to enforce the mandatory provisions of the Ordinance?”

The court said, “Apart from the above, we expect governments to place all relevant information, details and particulars through their detailed and comprehensive comments that they shall file within two weeks from today so that appropriate orders may be passed for the enforcement of the law and for non-compliance thereof in the past and responsibility may be fixed on responsible persons for violations.”

The court further instructed that comments shall contain all the relevant material and accompany photocopies of the relevant record or else appropriate order shall be passed for non-compliance. Hearing of case was adjourned till September 25.

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