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Volume 2 Issue 24 - December 15, 2004

Search on for new CCPD

DNIS News Network – DRG writes to the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, urging care and due process in the selection of a new CCPD.

It has recently come to the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) notice that applications for the post of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disability (CCPD) have been advertised in the papers. The DRG spoke to several senior leaders from the disability sector across the country to know if they had seen the advertisement or if they were aware that applications were invited for the post of CCPD. Almost all of them answered in the negative, including some very big NGOs based in New Delhi!

Shocked at the way due processes were being ignored, the DRG immediately wrote to Meira Kumar, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, drawing the Minister’s attention to some very important points.

The DRG feels that CCPD is a very important position and the person appointed should not only be competent but should also represent the disabled people and the disability sector of the country. Therefore, advertising the post in newspapers and that too in the ‘employment’ section will not serve the purpose. Moreover, it will bring down the dignity of the office. Very few senior leaders would apply for the post on their own.

The appointment should be made after constituting a Search Committee. The Search Committee should be made up of people who are well familiar with the issue. The idea should be to find the best person for the job, who can truly get things done and not merely sit in office and while away the tenure.

In the letter, the DRG drew the Minister’s attention to Clause 57 of The Disability Act that mandates, “A person shall not be qualified for appointment as the Chief Commissioner unless he has special knowledge or practical experience in respect to matters relating to rehabilitation.”

The DRG suggested the following method for appointing a CCPD:

(1) Constitute a high-powered Search Committee.

(2) The Search Committee should have representation from the disability sector.

(3) Circulate the information widely amongst the NGOs, seeking nominations.

(4) Last, but not the least, a person with disability should be appointed as India’s next CCPD.

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