Persons with Disabilities given two-year age relaxation in CSS Exam Rules

Government of PakistanPersons with Disabilities given two-year age relaxation in CSS Exam Rules

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) were being given two-year relaxation in the upper age limit under the CSS Competitive Examination Rules, the Secretary Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Syed Hasnain Mehdi told President Dr. Arif Alvi.

In meeting on implementing employment quota for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Tuesday, the Secretary FPSC briefed the meeting about the steps taken by the FPSC for the facilitation of PWDs.

   

The Secretary FPSC informed that PWDs were eligible to appear in CSS Exams against all occupational groups and the Commission was especially facilitating them by providing them additional time and writing assistants during the exams.

About the 2% job quota of PWDs with all Ministries/Divisions/Departments, the Establishment Division informed that they were vigorously pursuing its implementation.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary Ministry of Human Rights Allah Dino Khowaja, the Secretary FPSC Syed Hasnain Mehdi, the Special Secretary Establishment Division Ali Tahir, and senior officials of the government.

During the meeting, President Arif Alvi asked the participants to identify roadblocks and difficulties in the implementation and fulfilment of job quotas for PWDs in the government sector. He appreciated the ministries for their cooperation towards the cause of PWDs.

The president underscored the need to implement employment quota for persons with disabilities at all levels of the government for their financial empowerment. He suggested that government departments should identify jobs for PWDs and provide them employment as per their skill set to increase their inclusion in the workforce.

Highlighting the need to make PWDs productive members of society, the president said that PWDs made up almost 12% of Pakistan’s population and affirmative actions like job quotas could help overcome existing barriers to their employment.

Dr. Arif Alvi underscored the need to equip PWDs with employable skills and link them with potential employers to provide jobs to them as per the nature and severity of their disability.

The president emphasized the need for attitudinal change towards PWDs by the society to encourage them to actively participate in socio-economic activities.

President Arif Alvi recalled that he had been urging private schools to admit children with disabilities and take measures to promote inclusive education in mainstream educational institutions.

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