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Poongothai Aladi Aruna
Poongothai Aladi Aruna

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Plan to train special children in various vocations

KANCHEEPURAM: Minister for Social Welfare Poongothai Aladi Aruna has urged the private sector to reserve three per cent of jobs in their industrial units or business establishments exclusively for physically challenged persons.

She said three per cent reservation in government jobs had already been extended to such persons. However, the private sector was yet to make a positive move in this regard. In China and Japan, private industries have made it a practice to absorb physically challenged persons in positions that would suit them.

Addressing a function at Pathway Centre at Koothavakkam near Mamallapuram on Monday, she said it would not be difficult for the private sector to absorb these persons, at least, initially in hospitality sector, given the technological advancements.

The Minister said that in order to help special children acquire skills to get employed in lower-level jobs in the hospitality sector or as office assistants in business establishments, the government had decided to conduct a programme to train these children in various vocations with the help of NGOs.

The founder-director, Pathway, A. D. S. N. Prasad, the Head, Infrastructure and Facilities, Hexaware Technologies, K. Baalasundaram and the president, Pathway, Ruby Ponniah, also participated in the function.

Later talking to reporters, Dr. Poongothai expressed the hope that the pre-school training, being given on trial basis, to a group of hearing impaired children less than 3 years old and having hearing problems at Madurai, was all set to yield encouraging results. The objective of the pre-school training was to ensure that these children were also absorbed in regular schools, she added.

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