LAHORE - The blind yesterday too took to the streets against the government for turning a blind eye to their demand for job under special quota.

A group of 20 differently-abled people blocked Metro bus track to mount pressure on the government to provide them jobs.

The blind saw some light when CM Shahbaz Sharif assured some of them of getting their problem fixed at a meeting on December 5, 2014 – a day after police beat up the peaceful differently abled demonstrators.

Yesterday’s protest again prompted the chief minister to issue directives for resolving the issue through ‘negotiation’.

He said the protesting people were “like his children and their proper care should be ensured”. He directed authorities concerned to resolve the problems confronting the blind in an amicable manner.

Punjab government spokesman Zaeem Qadri told the media that the protesters’ demands were being considered ‘seriously’.

He asked the protesters to shun their protest as their demands would be met according to the law.

“Increase of quota in jobs for special person is the top most demand of blind persons which is already accepted and being implemented,” he claimed.

The spokesman said that under three percent quota instead of two percent, 3,435 vacancies for the blind were advertised in government departments last year, out of which, 1,718 were filled.

The rest of the vacancies would also be filled on merit, he said adding that 1,800 Khidmat Cards were distributed among disabled persons.

He said that the ten years upper age relaxation had been given to disabled persons for recruitment.

But the protesting blind persons were chanting slogans against the government, saying the government made hollow promises to them.

On January 11, the protesters called off their protest after the assurance by District Coordination Officer (DCO) to meet their demands.

However, a faction of the protesters showed up on Kalma Chowk at 10am and continue their demo for two hour and later in evening from 4pm to onward.

Their protests caused traffic jam for hour on Ferozepur Road and adjacent arteries. They said they would not shun their protests until they would be issued notification of jobs.