DNA | Last Modified - Oct 11, 2010, 06:36 AM IST
Jaipur: A physically-challenged representative reminded Union minister of panchayati raj and rural development CP Joshi on Sunday for the promises he made during the Bhilwara special audit in October last year. Earlier, the minister promised to give preference to these disabled persons on contract or clerk-level jobs related to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).
The representative called up the minister while attending a jan sunwai (public hearing) at the ongoing Mazdoor Haq Satyagrah (a sit-in agitation) held at Statue Circle.
Earlier, Joshi assured of separate job cards to the disabled, reservation in permanent and contact jobs related to MNREGA, relaxation in eligibility conditions, relaxation of allowing works as per their capability and allowing personal works for the disabled, all carried out under the scheme.
Responding to the call, the minister reportedly said that he failed to recollect the promises made last year and wished that the memorandum of the disabled be sent to him once again for suitable action.
Moreover, noted activist from Delhi, Annie Raja of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), who was attending the public hearing as a panelist, regretted the minister's failed promises. She further criticised Joshi for his statements that paying `1 per day as wages to MNREGA workers in Tonk district was the right decision.
"The minister has attempted to influence the judiciary by making other weird statements like the court will not take up the matter of these workers," she alleged. Arguing for the appointment of the commissioner (Disabled) from amongst the physically challenged persons, Raja said that it was a routine practice to appoint a woman or a member of the minority and SC/ST communities as chairpersons for different commissions for women, minority and SC/STs respectively.