Disabled but educated:Court is last resort

Bhubaneswar: Sixteen-year-old Mahadei Majhi hails from village Majhigaon near Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district. She is an orphan. Being physically challenged Mahadei is completely dependent upon the villagers for her survival. She even has go unfed if the villagers forget about her for a day. What a pity when the entire world observes the World Disabled Day on December 3. Mahadei has been waiting without end for any gracious government official to wink at her desperation."No assistance is provided by the government. Who will fight for me?, she asked.

Mahadei is not an isolated case. There are hundreds of Mahadei s in the state. The educated disabled persons are especially up in arms against the government for not providing any quota for them in the latest advertisement for recruitment of the OAS and other junior class one office. The Odisha Public Service Commission conducts the examination on the pattern of the Union Public Service Commission in New Delhi. In UPSC examinations, the disabled have three per cent reservation facilities. But the OPSC has forgotten about them. The Odisha Disable Peoples` Network, a social organisation fighting for the rights of the disabled persons in the state has threatened to move the High Court against the OPSC and the government for the laxity. Said Sanyasi Behera, state convener, OPDN,"WE have no other way out than going to the court to set right the problem and fight our case."

The government keeps spending crores on campaign programs to showcase its empathy for the physically challenged persons. But the truth often seems to be far from the reality.