Deaf-mute youth protest in India’s southern city, seek government jobs
Hearing and speech impaired youth protested in India’s southern Coimbatore city on Monday (March 12) demanding government jobs under the one percent quota for the deaf and mute.
The protesters gathered outside the office of the district collector with banners and leaflets and held a silent protest. An activist, Saleem, voicing the demands of the protesters, said the state government had failed the deaf and mute people miserably and it did not care about improving their financial condition.
There are more than 2,000 deaf and mute people in Coimbatore alone, Saleem added.
As per the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2017, three percent of the total seats in government jobs will be reserved for persons with disability. One percent of these seats are reserved for the deaf and mute.