Pvt sector slow in offering jobs to disabled: Govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 16:28
New Delhi: Private sector has given a "dismal" response to a government incentive scheme for providing jobs to the disabled, Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday.

"We had a lot of expectations (from the scheme) but the response has been dismal," Minister of Social Justice and Welfare Mukul Wasnik said while replying to a Calling Attention on discrimination faced by the disabled.

The Finance Minister had announced in the 2008 budget a scheme under which the employers' contribution for the disabled employees would be borne by the government for three years.

"It was expected that a large number of industrial houses will respond....but unfortunately I will have to admit this incentive scheme has not got the type of response, we had expected," Wasnik said adding that the government is now attending to it.

He said government was trying to find out why there was lukewarm response.

As per the 2001 census, there are 2.19 crore with disabilities in the country, which include visual, hearing, speech and mental disabilities and they constitute 2.13 per cent of the total population.

However, members from different parties said the number was "grossly underestimated".

Wasnik said the issue of counting has been taken up with the Registrar General of India and hoped correct figures would emerge after 2011 census.

He said that the government proposed to bring a new "holistic and forward looking" legislation for persons with the disabilities.

A committee, consisting of experts and representatives from various stakeholders has been set up to draft a new legislation, which would be in tune with the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Wasnik said the entry of disabled people in civil service has been improved as evident by the selection of ten people in the coveted IAS between 2006 and 2008, while the intake in other civil services has risen to 45.

Members cutting across party lines expressed concern over discrimination being meted out to the disabled, a concern which the minister also shared.

They said the disabled people are denied access to public transport, hospitals, schools and other establishments.

They are seen as objects of sympathy, whereas the basic facilities are the matter of their rights, they said.


First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 16:28

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