Karnataka High Court rules in favour of disabled forum in LPG distributorship

In response to a petition by a group of disabled people seeking quota for LPG distributorship, the Karnataka High Court has stayed all further proceedings following the notification issued by the Indian Oil Corporation inviting applications for allotment of 238 LPG distributorships in the state.

A PIL was filed by the Karnataka Rajya Vikalachetanara Rakshana Samiti claiming that no statutory reservation was provided to the disabled.

The court said that it was unclear what the Centre's stand was regarding the reservation of just 3% in distributing LPG outlets to physically challenged people instead of the 5% 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.

The groups say that under Section 37 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the quota specified was 5%, which amounts to 11 distributorships. Instead only 6 positions were reserved, which is less than even 3% of 238 distributorships.

No concession in the application fee of Rs 10,000 or Rs 5 lakh security deposits were granted to the disabled either.

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