Apparel and beverage companies participate
As a step towards improving the job prospects for persons with disability in the private sector, the Chennai district administration and the District Differently Abled Welfare Office organised a job fair here on Monday.
A total of 198 persons attended the job fair. Nine of them received job orders, while 26 others were shortlisted. Companies engaged in various areas, including apparel and beverages from Chennai and Tirupur participated in the fair.
Distributing the job orders to the nine participants, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment D. Napoleon said “As per the 2001 Census, we have over 2.19 crore persons with disability in the country. It has been the challenge for both the Central and State governments to draw up welfare schemes to reach out to all of them.” Urging private firms to provide a three per cent reservation in the jobs for the physically challenged, he said jobs in large companies would provide economic independence for persons with disability. Mr. Napoleon added that a similar camp was conducted in Tirunelveli, in which 164 participants were offered jobs by the Tirupur garment industry. “This is the pilot camp to be conducted in Chennai district and many more would be organised in a phased manner,” he said.
Officials of the District Differently Abled Welfare Office said that a database based on the information provided by the participants at such fairs would be prepared. It would serve as a comprehensive directory for the office to inform persons with disability about the job opportunities in the private sector. Mayor M. Subramanian and District Collector V. Shobana participated.