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Recaning of chairs etc. in Government offices by blind persons. Special Provisions for the Blind and Partially Sighted

  1. The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that vide Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms Office memorandum No. 39016/27/80-Estt. (C) II, dated 9th January, 1981, Ministries and Departments were requested to ensure that as far as possible the entire work of recanning of chairs in Government of India offices should be done by the blind persons in consultation with the Vocational Rehabilitation Centres and Special Employment Exchanges for the physically handicapped. It was further provided that where the volume of work justifies full time chair recaner, the question of creating such a post may be considered in consultation with the Ministry of Finance in accordance with the normal procedure. It has been brought to the notice of the Government by the All India Confederation of the Blind as well as the Ministry of Social Welfare that the Ministries/Department were not implementing the office Memorandum dated 9th January, 1981 with the result that the blind chair recaners are not getting the desired opportunities for undertaking this work.
  2. The matter has been considered in consultation with Ministry of Social Welfare and the following two steps to ensure employment of blind persons in the work of recanning of Chairs are brought to the notice of the Ministries/Departments etc.
    1. The entire work of recanning of chairs in Government of India Offices should not be entrusted to any one except a blind person. When chairs are caned through an approved contractor appointed by the C.P.W.D., it may be ensured that the contractor employs blind persons and the officer-in-charge should verify and certify that the contractor has got the work done through blind persons only. In case blind chair recaners are not available either with the contractor, Vocational Rehabilitation Centres or the Special Employment
    2. Exchanges for handicapped persons or through the supervisor of the approved institutions for the welfare of blinds, the recanning work may be entrusted to other than blind persons, of course through the blind approved contractors/institutions of blind persons, with the specific approval of the Liason Officer of the Ministry/Department. It will be the duty of the Liaision Officer to ensure with personal efforts that the work is carried out only through blind persons and permission to carry out such jobs to other than blind persons employed by blind contractor is accorded sparingly in emergent circumstance and non-pendable nature of jobs only.
  3. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to take urgent action on the above lines and bring the contents of this Office Memorandum to the notice of all attached and subordinate offices.

Recaning of chairs etc. in Government offices by blind persons

No. 36035/24/83-Estt (SCT)
Government of India/Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Home Affairs/Grih Mantralaya
Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms
(Karmik Aur Prashasnik Sudhar Vibhag)

New Delhi, the 1st Sept., 1984.


The undersigned is described to invite a reference to Department of Personnel & A.R.O.M. & No. 39016/6/77-Estt.(C) dated the 4th November,1977 in which 3% of vacancies in Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ Posts including 1% for the blind persons under the Central government have been reserved. It has been observed that the intake of blind persons in the recruitment has been negligible. It was, therefore decided to identify jobs which can be entrusted entirely to handicapped persons including the blind persons. Accordingly orders as contained in DP&AR O.M No. 39016/24/80 Estt (C) dated 8th December 1980 were issued. The following jobs have been identifies for the blind persons

Jobs for Poeple with Visual Impairment
CategoriesJobs Available
  • Announcers at Railway Stations,
  • Bus Stops and Airport(T),
  • Caneweavers (T),
  • Instrmentalists,
  • (staff Artists) (T),
  • Measures(T),
  • Musicians (T),
  • Office Superintendent (H).
  • Music Teacher(T),
  • Packers (T)
  • Stenographers (with Dictophone and Digital Typewriters),
  • Teachers) Primary -T&AR),
  • Telephone Operators,
  • (Small Boards with Electronic Beep and Embossed Digits),
  • Lathe Operators,
  • Press operators,
  • Stampers,
  • Weavers,
  • Packers,
  • drillers,
  • Fitters,
  • Chippers,
  • Teachers in Social Science.
Partially Blind
  • Dak Messengers,
  • Despatch Clerk (T),
  • Gardeners (T).
  • Gestetner Operators (T&A),
  • Liftmen (T & Digital Controls),
  • Peons,
  • Receptionists (T&A),
  • Retiring Room Attendants,
  • Sweepers,
  • Watermen (T),
  • Waiting Room Attendants,
  • Lottery Tickets sellers.

T- With Training
H- With a Helper
A- With Aids

In order to ensure that blind persons are rehabilitated adequately at least in jobs which are identified as suitable to be filled by them, blind persons should be given preference, if available for such jobs. The Ministry of Finance etc., are therefore requested to bring these instruction to the notice of all the appointing authorities so that the blind persons are given preference for appointment to the above-mentioned identified jobs. To ascertain their availability, employment Exchanges/Special employment Exchanges and the Vocational Rehabilitation Centres may be contacted to furnish the names of suitable blind persons for these jobs.

(B.S Nim.)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Provisions for the Blind/Partially Blind

No. 39016/27/80-Estt (C)-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
Deptt. of Personnel & A.R.

New Delhi 9 May, 1981

Confirmation of officers

No 18011/1/80-ESTT (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
Deptt. of Personnel & A.R.

New Delhi, the 27th June, 1980.


Subject: Confirmation of officers – Consideration cases of Blind Persons

  1. Recently the National Federation for the Blind submitted a Charter of Demands to the Prime Minister for the consideration of the Government. One of the demands was that of expeditious confirmation of blind persons in their jobs.
  2. This matter has been examined. Though there is no question of grant of preferential treatment, to blind persons in the matter of their confirmation in posts, it has been noticed that due to administrative delays a large number of officers are not confirmed in the various grades and they continue to be temporary for a number of years. The main reasons for such delays beings that (1) Delay in conversion of temporary posts into permanent posts (2) Non-convening of meetings of the DPC at regular annual intervals.
  3. This Department has issued a number of instructions stressing the need to avoid such delays mentioned above. Vide this Departments’s office memorandum No. 22011/6/75-Estt (D) dated 30.12.1976 it has been brought to the notice of the Ministries/Departments that holding the DPCs for confirmation/promotion in a particular year should be dispensed with only after a certificate is issued that there is no vacancy for confirmation or promotion.
  4. It is once again stressed that there should be no delays in confirmation of officers including blind persons on account of administrative delays. Ministries/Departments should ensure, especially in which blind persons are employed that confirmation is made without delay and at the appropriate time.

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