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Selja seeks Pilot push for corporate disability policy

Industry studies suggest the figure could be as low as 0.2-0.5 per cent of the corporate workforce.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: October 2, 2013 1:07:23 am

Arguing that people with disabilities make good employees,Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Kumari Selja has written to Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot,urging him to ask the private sector to adopt a corporate disability policy for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce.

“To ensure that the letter and spirit of the Persons with Disabilities Act is fully met,you will agree that we need to adopt a “corporate Disability Policy” so that establishments send an encouraging message to all persons with disability that such a policy shall mainstream their employment in major sectors and by large employers of our economy. I would therefore request you to encourage the private sector to adopt a corporate Disability Policy as a systemic improvement which shall lead to enriched socially responsible corporates with an inclusive and diverse workforce,” Selja wrote in her letter last month.

Though the Social Justice and Empowerment ministry does not have any figures on employment of disabled people in the private sector,industry studies suggest the figure could be as low as 0.2-0.5 per cent of the corporate workforce.

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