Government employees who have differently-abled children will be exempted from routine transfers to take care of the children. Such parents will not be asked to take voluntary retirement on refusing such postings, the Centre has said.
A government employee with a disabled child serves as the main caregiver and any displacement of such employee will have a bearing on the systemic rehabilitation of the child since the new environment or set-up could prove to be a hindrance for the rehabilitation process, it said.
As per the recent DoPT order No. No.42011/3/2014-Estt.(Res.) dated 06 June 2014, the word 'disabled' for this purpose would include:
(i) blindness or low vision
(ii) hearing impairment
(iii) locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy
(iv) leprosy cured
(v) mental retardation
(vi) mental illness and
(vii) Multiple Disabilities
"Rehabilitation is a process aimed at enabling persons with disabilities to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, and psychiatric or a social functional level. The support system comprises of preferred linguistic zone, school/academic level, administration, neighbours, tutors/special educators, friends, medical care including hospitals, therapists and doctors, etc. Thus, rehabilitation is a continuous process and creation of such support system takes years together", explains the order.
Hence, considering that the Government employee.who has disabled child serve as the main care giver of such child, any displacement of such Government employee will have a bearing on the systemic rehabilitation of the disabled child since the new environment/set up could prove to be a hindrance for the rehabilitation process of the child. Therefore, a Government servant who is also a caregiver of disabled child may be exempted from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer subject to the administrative constraints.
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