Over 14,000 posts earmarked for persons with disabilities have been lying vacant in various central government ministries, banks and PSUs. The centre has asked all concerned to carry out a special drive to fill these vacancies, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on July 30, 2015.

As per the data received from various departments, nationalised banks, financial institutions, central public sector undertakings, among others, there were 14,267 vacancies identified for persons with disabilities, he said. These included backlog vacancies carried forward from earlier years. “Out of these 14,267 vacancies, 2,990 vacancies identified were in respect of Group A or equivalent posts,” the minister said.

The government had issued instructions in May this year to all concerned to take immediate necessary action for filling up of vacancies for persons with disabilities and to launch a special recruitment drive to fill up these vacancies by February 2016, he said.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, under Government of India, has its own office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) as a part of the Disability Division whose one of the functions include pursuing with Central and State Governments to identify posts suitable for persons with disabilities and taking up with concerned organisations to ensure 3% reservation for person with disabilities on receipt of complaints or Suo-motu.

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