The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued notification to provide quota to people with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks in Central government jobs.
In case of direct recruitment, 4% of the total number of vacancies, up from existing 3%, in groups A, B and C will be reserved for people with Benchmark disability i.e. person with not less than 40% of a specified disability. The additional 1 % reservation to existing 3% reservation is as per the provision Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
As per the notification, 1% of each posts will be reserved for people with blindness and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy. Besides, 1% posts each shall be also reserved for people suffering from autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness. Moreover, all government organisations will have to appoint ‘grievance redressal officers’ to look into complaints.
It is a condition characterised by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning such as reasoning, learning and problem solving. It is in adaptive behaviour that covers a range of everyday skills.