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Visually impaired employees in govt schools to get a disabled-friendly work environment and facilities

Date : 16/09/2011

The visually impaired employees/teachers in Govt. Schools to get a disable friendly work environment and all facilities as enshrined in the PWD Act, 1995 vide the ORDER dated 15/09/2011 issued by the Govt. of Punjab in our petition titled as Jagdish Mitter versus State of Punjab & Ors. (CWP-15279-2011).

Jagdish Mitter is a visually impaired school teacher in a Govt. school in Punjab. He was humiliated and ill treated by the principal of the school and his salary which according to the Govt. Instructions is required to be given in cash was deposited by her in his bank account. A petition was moved by him before the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh praying for directions to disburse his salary in cash and also a stern action against the principal for her misconduct and ill treatment.

The Hon’ble Court was pleased to go beyond the individual protection of the petitioner and observed that there must be other employees/teachers facing this kind of ill treatment, therefore the State shall come with some protection measure. Incompliance of the said directions of the Hon’ble Court the State of Punjab has issued the order dated 15.09.2011 which categorically directs to all the schools/departments in the department of education to create an environment where all such employees/teachers can work with dignity and all facilities as enshrined under the Act are provided to the disable at workplace.


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