The job fair for differently abled persons held at Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science on Monday, rekindled hopes in many differently abled persons who have been waiting for years after having registered their names at the Employment Exchange.

“The Government sector had turned its back towards us and we are happy that now more private companies are coming forward to employ us,” said 37-year-old K. Mahendravelan, one of the participants at the fair.

Over 200 people were recruited by 48 companies at the job fair.

It was jointly organised by Deaf Empowerment Activities for Literacy Education Accessible Development Employment Rehabilitation and Sports (DEAF LEADERS), Attitude Charitable Trust and Dr. G.R.D. College of Science with the support of District Differently Abled Welfare Officer, District Employment Exchange, and Coimbatore District Differently Abled Association and Deaf Forum.

Nithyananth K.G., senior Specialist, Human Resources, V.W.R. Lab Products Private Limited, one of the recruiters said that the company had hired life science graduates with good communication skills. Jobs in the supply chain including customer services, accounts and collections were offered to the applicants.

R. Pradeepa, representative from Dimexon Diamonds Limited, said the company had recruited people who had completed Standard VIII for polishing and designing diamonds.

There were 30 hearing and speech impaired persons and popeles with minor orthopaedic disabilities working for the firm.

But, a few of the candidates were disappointed that most companies recruited differently abled persons for skilled labour and at lower grades with less salary.

While some companies have disabled-friendly buildings and transport facilities, some where in the process of proving including modified toilets and lifts.

Chrisopher Fernandoz Royal, a post-graduate with around four years of work experience in finance and accounting, said he was disappointed that he could not find a job suitable for him at the fair. The organisers said that the recruiters had collected the resumes from all applicants and they would be notified when a suitable vacancy comes up.

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