Blind by birth, casted out by Authorities: Castevirus006MH2008

05Dec08

Though he was selected without any concession being made for his disability, the powers that be threw all fairness to the wind. Such a case occurred in an ‘educational’ institution, the NG Acharya and DK Marathe College of Arts and Science..

IN ALL societies, there is a conscious effort to give some advantage to those with financial, social or physical disabilities. Even people who do not really subscribe to this view, make an attempt to be politically correct and practice their discrimination without leaving a paper trail of any overt discrimination against the disadvantaged or dispossessed.

One would be skeptical about his story that though he was selected without any concession being made for his disability, the powers that be threw all fairness and decency to the wind. Such a case occurred in an ‘educational’ institution, the NG Acharya and DK Marathe College of Arts and Science.

Chandrakant Sasane, a young man of 31 belongs to the Scheduled Caste and is blind. He has done his MA in social work. Using Right To Information, he asked for documentary evidence from the college as well as the university, which would prove that though he was selected by the university without any concession being given for his physical disability, the college had been insensitive and brazen enough to refuse to appoint him to teach the ‘philosophy foundation course’!

The college has not replied, and one will have to take recourse to the penal provisions of RTI to teach them how to become law abiding. The information given by the Bombay University is devastating. A selection committee, where seven of the eight members were present cleared on September, 14, 2004, the unanimous selection Chandrakant Sasane for appointment as lecturer to teach Foundation Course in Philosophy. The post was reserved for SC/ST and six candidates had been interviewed.

The selection committee also included the principal and the head of department of the college. On September, 16, 2005 the University sent the recommendation to the college to appoint him.

The college did not issue the letter of appointment to Sasane, for reasons we do not know. Without assigning any reasons for this, the college asked the university for permission to again advertise for the post on April 19, 2005. On July 11, 2005 the university refused permission to the college to advertise for this post, since they had not appointed Sasane! It is unbelievable that a blind person would be treated so callously when paper evidence is available.

This is the story of a blind young man waiting for a job for about seventeen months now, in Chembur, Mumbai for which he was selected with no concession for his disability! This evidence was brought to public notice and will hopefully get Sasane his job.

The Right To Information will continue to expose misdeeds and common citizens everywhere will continue to seek accountability.



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