Kohima: The Nagaland government has announced 4% reservation for ‘persons with benchmark disabilities’ under section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016.
Taking to twitter on Sunday, state commissioner for persons with disabilities (PwDs) Diethono Nakhro wrote, “Nagaland notifies state disability rules, 4% job reservation.”
A notification issued by the chief secretary dated August 13 read: “In pursuance of Section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the government of Nagaland is pleased to reserve with immediate effect 4% of the vacancy in favour of persons with benchmark disabilities”.
Benchmark disability refers to having at least 40% disability of any type recognised under the RPwD Act, 2016. PwDs having high-support needs are those who are certified as such under section 58(2) of the Act.
A separate notification dated August 16 read: “In exercise of the power conferred under Section 101(1) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (49 of 2016), the government of Nagaland is pleased to notify ‘The Nagaland Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2019’ with immediate effect.”
Speaking with EastMojo about the state government’s initiative, Nakhro said, “It is very significant. Our state is indeed quite behind in the implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, but I appreciate that the state government is now responding very positively and taking the necessary actions.”
“However, this notification is only the first step. There’s much to be done towards actually implementing it, such as identifying jobs for the various disability categories which will be undertaken by the departments and reviewed by an expert committee that has been constituted as per the RPwD Act. I request the departments to follow up on this process with urgency,” she added.