SSC in Focus: Skill Council for Persons with Disability

 A note from  Mr. Anup K Srivastava, CEO SCPwD

Skill Council for Persons with Disability (SCPwD) under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) ) is working to fulfill the ‘Skill India’ initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India by creating resources and standards to offer persons with disability (PwD), a meaningful, industry relevant, skill based training to enable them to earn a livelihood and lead a life of dignity; thus, focusing on making available, the untapped labour talent pool of persons with disability (PwD).

 

PwDs represent the single largest minority group, looking for employment in today’s market and face a number of barriers to inclusion, arising out of lack of understanding of their needs and overlooking the fact that as citizens of this Country they enjoy equal rights.

 

It is heartening to see that progressive and enlightened employers are beginning to recognise the need to tap into this vast resource pool, which can contribute to increase the GDP of our growing national economy. A few have started proactively hiring PwDs and have acknowledged that their business has benefited in many ways, i.e. reduced attrition, better brand image, high motivational levels, better organization culture, diversity inclusion, enhanced team morale, social benefits, etc.

 

There are many others who, though inclined, have concerns and doubts in their mind, which prevent them from hiring PwD. These concerns can be addressed through information dissemination, sensitization and job mapping appropriate to a disability and the ability of an individual. Further, with the advancement of technology, several reasonable and cost-effective solutions are available, which will help remove barriers and enhance the skill level as well as employability of PwD.

 

It is therefore important for organizations to have relevant information from the past experiences of Government and non-government organizations and other Corporates as also by getting a sense of the global and local practices that have been effective in promoting equality in the workplace which would help in making this journey easier and more feasible.

 

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For more information, please reach out to Skill Council for Persons with Disability (SCPwD) at:

Skill Council for Person with Disability

501-City Centre, Near Sec.12 Metro Station,

Plot No.5, Sec. 12, Dwarka – 110076, New Delhi

www.scpwd.in, info@scpwd.in | 01128085058

The author, Mr. Anup K Srivastava is the CEO of Skill Council for Persons with Disability (SCPwD)