Sunday, April 12, 2015

5 Lakh differently-abled to be skill-ready by ’18

Taken from Daily Pioneer.
The Centre will train five lakh differently-abled people — between the ages 15-59 — with adequate skill sets in the telecom, healthcare, retail and lifestyle sectors in the next three years to groom them according to the current standards of industry sector. The Ministries of Social Justice and Empowerment and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on Saturday joined hands to launch a National Action Plan for skilling persons with disabilities, entailing an annual corpus of Rs150 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said, besides making the disabled population self-sufficient, the plan would also help in filling up the three per cent reserved Government posts for the disabled, which has been missing the SC deadline for the last three years. According to Census 2011, there are 2.68 crore Persons with Disability (PwDs) in India, out of which, about 1.34 crore people are in the employable age of 15 to 59 years.

“We have been able to fill up about 1.75 per cent of the mandatory three per cent reserved quota for the disabled people in the Government sector so far. The plan is to train about 25 lakh disabled people in the coming seven years,” Gehlot told The Pioneer, after the launch of the National Action Plan. “The
problem as on date is that while there are vacancies in the reserved categories, the disabled population does not have the required skill set or training. We will train the disabled people as per industry demands and help them find suitable jobs,” he said.

In October 2013, the apex court had asked the Centre and State Governments to provide three per cent quota in jobs to disabled persons in their departments, firms and PSUs, observing that it was an “alarming reality” that they are unemployed due to social and practical barriers. The Supreme Court had also asked the Governments to compute the number of vacancies available in all the “establishments” and identify the posts for disabled persons within three months and implement it without default.

Status report on employment of people with disabilities (PWD) with the MSJE ministry shows that the total identified posts are 26,98,762, of which, only 10130 posts are filled by the disabled population, which translates to 0.38 per cent of all posts. Similarly for the Public Sector Units, the total number
of posts is 4,527,293, of which only 26,242 disabled are employed, which translate to 0.57 per cent of all posts filled by disabled people.

Gehlot also announced that the Government would conduct the first ever Indian Open Paralympics Games 2015 in the Capital in May this year for promoting the talents of the differently-abled community in sports. “Only around two percent of the workforce in India is skilled. We have decided to create a separate Sector Skill Council for people with disabilities to scale up the initiative with quality standards, which are acceptable by industry at large,” said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (IC) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. “Our Ministry will contribute Rs100 crore to this initiative and support MSJE at every step,” he said.

Source: Daily Pioneer.

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