Lack of infrastructure a deterrent for corps to hire disabled
The Confederation of Indian Industry-Karnataka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Disability NGOs Alliance to work towards ensuring that more people with disabilities are employed in the corporate sector.— File Photo
CII signs MoU with Disability NGOs Alliance to make 30 cities disabled-friendly
ack of adequate infrastructure to support people with disabilities and the inability to understand the skills and capacities of persons with a disability, act as a hindrance for corporate companies to recruit them.
Aaron Raman, convener of the corporate social responsibility panel, Confederation of Indian Industry-Karnataka, said that many of the 450 members were concerned about the safety and employability issues.
“There is a need to conduct a series of programs and ensure that corporates and those working with people with disabilities can engage with one another,” he said.
Sandesha B.G., an MBA graduate who has physical disabilities, working for a corporate company, said: “Getting employment in corporate companies itself is a challenge. I tried to get a job in 15 different places before I landed with one. Very often managers rejected my application even before the interview by just looking at my physical disability.”
He said that companies would often feel that people with disabilities are an additional burden on them, and are also worried about the costs for creating more facilities for us.
Indresh R., Under Secretary, the office of the State Disabilities Commission, said: “Very often even if the person with a disability is more qualified than another applicant who does not have a disability, the person without a disability is chosen for the job.” Many persons with disabilities are employed in BPOs and there is a need to reinvent and find job opportunities in different fields, he opined.
In an effort to break all these barriers, CII has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Disability NGOs Alliance (DNA) to work towards ensuring that more people with disabilities are employed in the corporate sector and also to work towards making 30 cities disabled-friendly by 2025. This will be a part of the Government of India’s Accessible India project to make public spaces disabled-friendly.
CII and DNA will jointly host ‘Embracing (This) Ability’ on August 28 at Hotel Fortune P Celestial to draw the road map for engaging with people with disabilities.
Source: The Hindu