Exclusion of Blood Disorders from Job Reservations | 20 Dec 2023

The Centre's decision to exclude individuals with thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and haemophilia, from government job reservations, despite their recognition as disabilities in the Right to Persons with Disabilities(RPWD) Act of 2016, prompts concerns.

  • The government provides 4% reservation in government jobs for specific disabilities, including total loss of vision and low vision, complete loss of hearing and low hearing, locomotor disability, etc.
    • Government cites Section 34 of RPWD Act, 2016, stating that persons with blood disorders, including thalassemia, are not eligible for job reservation in government establishments.
  • Activists express dissatisfaction, asserting that excluding disabilities recognized in the Act from job reservations defeats the Act's purpose.

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