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Employee Can’t Be Removed Or Reduced In Rank Owing To Disability: P & H HC Pulls Up Punjab Govt. For “Anathematising” Welfare State, PWD Act

“The object of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 is to provide a congenial work environment keeping in view the disability of the employee”, asserted the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday. Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal was considering a plea, where the petitioner, though 75% physically challenged, was aggrieved that the state authorities are arbitrarily not allowing him to continue till the age of 60 in violation of the 1995 Act as well as instructions dated 19.11.2014. “There is inadvertent error in the subject of the instructions which should read regarding the increase in age from 58 years to 60 years”, it was urged.

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