A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the respondent, including the Central government, to give ‘benefit of reservation’ in employment to those suffering from Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anaemia and Haemophilia, falling in the category of benchmark disabilities.
The PIL filed before the apex court by petitioner Deepak Kansal sought a prompt intervention of the top court as there are apparent violation of the rights of persons suffering from Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anaemia and Haemophilia with notable disabilities.
The petition further claimed that persons having such disabilities should be included in the ambit of Section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
It was stated in the PIL that there is a violation of Rights as these persons were not being provided ‘benefit of reservation’ in employment under Section 34 of the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and thereby, this had violated the very basic human right as well as the fundamental right of such disabled persons.
“The question arose, for the kind consideration of the apex court as to whether the respondent has rightly denied reservation in employment under Section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, to the persons with benchmark disability, as to whether the respondent has not discriminated benchmark disabled, persons by denying the benefit of reservation in employment under Section 34 of the Act, who are getting the benefit of the reservation in education,”
-the plea reads.
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that causes a body to have less haemoglobin than survival. Sickle Cell Anaemia, on the other hand, is a group of inherited red blood cell disorder, which causes the cells to misshapen and break down. The red blood cells become hard and sticky to look like a C-shaped matter, therefore, resemble farmer tool- sickle. Haemophilia is a rare condition that affects the blood’s ability to clot.