Dear Friends,

I have been selected for a post of Chief Manager-Mechanical at a ship building PSU. The post of is for ship/submarine construction, refits, modernization, in any relevant fields of planning / design / procurement/ fabrication / berth / outfitting / quality assurance / tests & trials. I have very low vision in my left eye as per guideline of physical disability it is 30% disability. After premedical examination, company has declared me medically unfit for the post on the grounds that my left eye is not healthy. There is no mention of any standards in advertisement specifying that one eyed persons are not eligible to apply. The advertisement only mentions as. ”Applicants should be of sound health and meet the medical fitness standards as prescribed. Candidates short-listed for appointment following interview shall undergo a medical test conducted/organised by company and certified by the company’s Chief Medical Officer”. Please advise if I have any claim on the post can I fight legally. I feel that as the position is Managerial and I can perform all the activities as a normal person I should be given opportunity to work.

From India, Kolkata
Hello Milindrenuka,

While I would prefer to leave the Legal aspects of your situation/issue to members who are much better in legal aspects, I shall focus on the practicalities of the situation.

While your line "I feel that as the position is Managerial and I can perform all the activities as a normal person I should be given opportunity to work", AS A GENERAL RULE, is quite logical & realistic & actionable, vis-a-vis YOUR situation, I DON'T think it would be so.

Had your job role & responsibilities involved just a desk job with not much of movements-related activities, then the disability in your eyesight MAY NOT be a valid argument to keep you off the position.

You are into an area where the work would involve a high level of movement, especially in a ship/submarine, where movements are in constricted locations as also the flights of steps most movements know what I mean. And, in general, any movements under such environment/topology would need an eyesight that enables at least a 120 deg view.......something that's the norm of a normal eyesight.

Added to this would also be the typical lighting scenario of such nooks & corners, where lighting would be far less than a typical office environment.

The reason, as far as I can see, why the above aspects become important in your case is due to the fact that you are into Engineering function & NOT any other function that doesn't need getting into the nitty-gritty of how the ship/submarine is built & resolving the engineering problems including integration/installation issues. Had it been any SCM or Design position, then the stand of the PSU can surely be faulted with.

The days of ONLY the lower-end staff handling the hands-on work AND the Manager or senior management controlling ONLY the paperwork [and possibly the credits too] IS GONE.

I am basing the above views on my experience in a Defence Project @ MDL/Mumbai.

Suggest pl wait for other members to respond too.



From India, Hyderabad
Thank You for your views. I would like to highlight the post is in relevant field of planning/design/procurement etc. Also I neither fall under the category of physically disabled nor normal person. Then in that case this is discrimination, as I loose opportunity to work though I can perform my duties. Presently I am working with an organization which is specialized in Mechanical Projects and also had worked with Refinery in Inspection department.
From India, Kolkata

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