APPA demands compensatory exam time

Staff Reporter
NIRJULI, May 15: The Arunachal Pradesh Paralympics Association (APPA) has demanded the state government to make provision of compensatory time for the disabled students for writing various examinations in the state in line with the CBSE, UPSC and various other central recruitment bodies.
According to APPA, there has still been no provision of compensatory/additional time for the disabled students for writing examinations.
Talking to this reporter on the sideline of the Umang Festival here, APPA president Kongo Taku said that the APPA last year had submitted a memorandum to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) for extending compensatory/additional time to the students for writing examination conducted by it.
However, no positive response has so far been received from the Commission, Taku said, and urged the competent authority to look into the matter on priority.
Dagge Riram, a differently abled student from the state, who appeared in the UPSC examination last year, said that there is still no provision of compensatory time for the differently abled students for writing examinations conducted by the APPSC, schools, colleges, universities and government departments in the state.
According to him, compensatory time is extended to the differently abled students in examinations conducted by the UPSC, CBSE and various other recruitment boards, including banking services.
APPA president Taku also lamented that no special facility as mandated by the Election Commission of India (ECI) were provided to the differently abled electors in the recently held simultaneous elections in the state.
He alleged that there were no designated personnel appointed for the differently abled electors in some polling stations to look after their difficulties.
“There were no separate lines for the differently abled. They had to stand in queue along with the abled ones for hours to cast votes,” Taku said.
When asked about their long-standing demand for ramps in various government departments, Taku said that APPA had submitted representations to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner and all other Government Departments last year. He informed that the then DC had held a meeting in this regard and he has sent a DPR to the Centre.
He urged the government to take up the matter with the central government for early materialization.