Disabled forum sue oil companies for not following RPWD 2016 provisions

A group of people with disabilities have moved the High Court of Karnataka against the central government and oil companies for not providing statutory reservation in allotment of LPG distributorships to them.

Notices have been issued to Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum and Ministries of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Social Justice and Empowerment

RPWD 2016 Act provisions not followed, alleges petition

The petitioner said that the Indian Oil Corporation published a notification on 17 August, 2017, for the selection of 238 LPG distributors in various districts. But it did not set aside 5% of the distributorships as mandated under Section 37 of the RPWD 2016, which amounts to 11 distributorships. Instead, it reserved only 6 positions, which is less than even 3%.

The petition also says that no concession in application fee of Rs 10,000 or five lakh security deposits have been granted in favour of the disabled, which also violates the rules. Nor is there a financial assistance in their favour as mandated under Section 19 of the RPWD Act.

The selection of LPG distributorship began on 4 January 4 and ended on 18 January.

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