Visually Impaired Candidate not Allowed to Take Help of Scribe to Take OSSC Exam
A visually impaired candidate Sisir Kumar Mohapatro was allegedly not allowed to use assistance of a scribe when he came to appear for the written examination for the post of junior assistant conducted by the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC) at a centre in Berhampur.
The activists working for the rights of physically challenged have protested against it and have demanded that the OSSC rectify the error by conducting special examination for the visually impaired candidate.
This incident took place on Sunday when visually impaired Mr. Mohapatro reached the St. Vincent Convent School centre in the city to appear for the OSSC examination along with his scribe.
According to Mr. Mohapatro, the invigilator and the Centre superintendent did not allow him to take help of the scribe on the plea that as per the rules of the OSSC the candidate cannot be allowed to take help of a scribe.
Rajnish Kumar Arya, an academician, said it was astonishing that even after enactment of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 the physically challenged persons were unable to utilise their rights.
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