After Ira Singhal, a differently abled woman bagged topmost position in UPSC examination 2014, Commission might consider making it easier on differently abled candidates who wish to follow the footsteps of Miss Singhal. A function was organized by the ministry to congratulate Singhal on her success and honour her. Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Thawar Chand Gahlot started discussing of UPSC’s alleged plan of making the examination equal on an overall scale for differently abled candidates.
Gahlot said more that the Government is soon to pass a bill named Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) bill in the next session of parliament. The Parliament will give an extra piece of cake by providing two percentage points more to mentally impaired and multiply disabled, where the current reservation percentage is 3%.
This is to be believed this step is being taken solely looking at Ira Singhal, who filed a case against UPSC back in 2011 when she could not make it through the civil services examination. The tide eventually turned in her favor in 2014 when she topped the examination. Now, she is serving as an IRS, Indian Revenue Service official. She appeared for the exam again last year.
The Ministry said that this decision is being taken by the Parliament so that the difficulties faced by Ira would never be faced by any other deserving soul who is differently abled. The new bill is being initiated to make ease for the disabled. Joint Secretary of ministry of social justice and empowerment, Awanish K. Awasthi said that his department already had a number of meetings with Sanjay Mehrishi who is the joint secretary of UPSC on this discourse. Department, as said by Mr. Awasthi, is now waiting for the guidelines to be provided by UPSC.
He explained more that the aim is to ensure that differently abled deserving candidates do not suffer disadvantage due to their lagging in any examination conducted by UPSC, University Grants Commission and/or any other educational bodies in future. This is going to be an equal evaluation for all.
Meanwhile, Singhal is becoming an important face for differently abled now. Gahlot stated that she has the potential of becoming a brand ambassador for the department of empowerment for persons with disabilities and instill hope in more differently abled people out there to bring out the best in them and achieve what they truly deserve in life.