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Dr Minati Behera a political appointee with no experience in the field of disability as the Disabilities Commissioner

MadhuMadhumita Ray states the government of Odisha has appointed one Dr Minati Behera a political appointee with no experience in the field of disability as the Commissioner in the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities,Government of Odisha, Bhubaneswar.. Some of us have, led by Sruti Mohapatra initiated a request to the CM to clarify the appointment. We would request you to please support the cause by copying the letter and mailing it or posting it to the CM and the WCD Department.Shruti-Mohapatra

This is with reference to the appointment of the Disabilities Commissioner for the State of Odisha, Dr. Minati Behera. This is a statutory position and we are sure that you must have used your best judgment to give us the most competitive person sensitive to the cause of people with disability.

Nevertheless on behalf of persons with disabilities, and people working for the cause, we would like to educate ourselves better about the credentials of our Hon’ble Commissioner as well as the experience that Madam has in the field of disability. You would agree that the position should be held by a person with expertise in the field of disability, and who is aware of the specificities of the different kinds of problems associated with disabled people, which is further emphasized in your advertisement for the position. However, despite our efforts, we have been unable to get any information regarding her abilities and expertise.

Thus, in such a circumstance, in the better interests of the persons with disabilities as well as their welfare, it is earnestly requested that your good office may kindly provide us the details about her credentials and her experience in this field and how you envisage her taking forward the cause efficiently.

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