The Sikkim High Court disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed centered around applying the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, particularly, sections 33 and 34 thereof, within the State of Sikkim.
The said two provisions are in respect of identification of posts for reservation and reservation by the appropriate Government of a certain percentage of posts in every Government establishment.
The High Court had earlier given the State of Sikkim an opportunity to file their report in the form of an affidavit, which has been filed by the competent authority of the State of Sikkim in the meanwhile. Reply thereto has also been filed on behalf of the petitioner.
After perusing the papers before the Court , the Division Bench of Chief Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai noted that the following statement has been made on behalf of the State of Sikkim in paragraph 11 of the report in the form of an affidavit:-
“11. Therefore, in view of the above facts and circumstances, it is humbly submitted that the State Government has been complying the provisions of 1995 Act as well as 2016. However, in regard to Section 33 clause (ii) of the PWDs Act, 2016 regarding the constitution of committee, the State Government shall take necessary and appropriate steps for the same within a reasonable period of time by duly constituting a committee. The said committee shall comply Section 33 (iii) of the PWDs Act, 2016 by taking periodic review as per the requirement of the said clause.”
Having regard to the above statement made on behalf of the State of Sikkim, the Bench is of the view that no further order is required to be passed in respect of the instant Public Interest Litigation, since the Bench has assured by the State of Sikkim that they are taking appropriate action in the matter.
“It is expected that the State of Sikkim shall take all necessary steps within a reasonable time-frame and not cause unnecessary delay in implementing the statutory mandate as contained under sections 33 and 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”, said the Court.