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Education Dept advertises 10 posts for the disabled

LAHORE, Aug 8: Following orders of Ombudsman Abdur Rashid Khan, the Education Department has allocated and advertised 10 posts of computer lab supervisors for disabled people. Complainant Rizwan Jalil Shah, a disabled person from Dera Ghazi Khan, had filed a complaint with the ombudsman that the project director of the Computer Labs Project had not appointed any disabled people in his organisation, although all government organisations were required to recruit disabled people against a two percent quota reserved by the government for them. The complainant requested the court to issue directions for his appointment at a computer lab against the disabled people's quota.

In his departmental response, the project director told the ombudsman that the quota reserved for disabled people was to be applied district-wise, and since there were limited posts of computer lab supervisors in DG Khan, no post fell against that quota in the district. In his decision, the ombudsman observed that the project director's contention was not correct because the quota reserved for disabled people had to be applied not district-wise, but on the total number of posts in an organisation. He observed that under Section 10 of the Displaced People (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance of 1981, all government departments had to recruit disabled people up to two percent of the total number of employees. Therefore, the education secretary directed the ombudsman to implement the two percent quota for the disabled in accordance with the instructions issued by the Services and General Administration Department on April 15, 2004.

In its compliance report, the Education Department told the ombudsman that out of the 515 posts of computer lab supervisors in the project, the project director had advertised 10 posts falling in the quota reserved for disabled people in national dailies. The department added that project director had received 17 applications, which were being processed for recruitment under the rules, according to the ombudsman's directives. Daily times
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