GUWAHATI, Oct 31 – Members of the Assam Association of the Deaf (AAD) who started an indefinite stir on October 29 protesting the recent appointment of a visually-challenged person as teacher in the BDS Deaf and Dumb School have urged the State Government to rescind his appointment as it was not in consonance with the relevant norms.
“We have been demanding appointment of deaf persons or persons from their families having the required qualifications for a long time. We had also intimated the Social Welfare Department vide our letter (AAD/SWD/Promotion 2011/28 dated February 1, 2011) to fulfill the vacant posts in the BDS Deaf and Dumb School as per our justified demand,” Tapan Sarma, general secretary, AAD said.
Pointing out that in the recent list of 662 handicapped candidates selected by the Social Welfare Department for different government jobs there were a number of deaf candidates, Sarma questioned the rationale behind the appointment of a visually-challenged person as teacher in the deaf and dumb school.
“It amounts to deceit on the entire deaf fraternity of the State. There were enough selected deaf candidates in the list selected by the Social Welfare Department but none was appointed in the school,” he said.
Sarma said that nothing concrete had materialized during the three days of agitation, with the government authorities apparently turning a blind eye to the association’s demand.
The association also called for appointment of all selected deaf candidates besides filling up of all the vacant posts in the school.
The association further brought to the notice of the Government the ongoing violations of the Rehabilitation Council of India Act which prohibits practice in government/non-government organisations and also private practice without RCI registration.
The RCI recently observed that children with disabilities are trained or served by quacks and unqualified or non-registered persons or professionals.
The association said that it wanted the State Government to take serious note of the violations of the RCI Act in the greater interest of the persons with disabilities.