Differently-abled get Karnataka High Court relief in reservation for LPG distributorship

February 12, 2018

On 10th Feb 2018 the Karnataka High Court stayed all proceedings with respect to the allotment of 238 LPG distributorships in the state by the Indian Oil Corporation. A division bench of acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar stayed the post-notification proceedings after hearing the PIL filed by Karnataka Rajya Vikalachetanara Rakshana Samiti who claimed that no statutory reservation was provided to differently-abled people. Jayna Kothari, counsel of the petitioner, contended that IOC had reserved only 6 positions for the disabled, which amounted to less than 3 percent of the total distributorships, which did not comply with the 5 per cent mandated under Section 37 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

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In temporary relief to physically challenged people seeking quota for LPG distributorship, the Karnataka High Court on Friday stayed all further proceedings following the notification issued by the Indian Oil Corporation inviting applications for allotment of 238 LPG distributorships in the state.

Hearing the PIL filed by Karnataka Rajya Vikalachetanara Rakshana Samiti claiming that no statutory reservation was provided to differently-abled people, a division bench of acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar stayed the notification dated August 17, 2017.

While adjourning the case to February 19 after passing the interim order, the court, however, noted that the Centre was unable to say on what ground it reserved only 3 per cent reservation in distributing LPG outlets to physically challenged people instead of 5 per cent as claimed by the petitioners. The petitioner has made Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum and Ministries of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Social Justice and Empowerment as respondents in the case.

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