Indian enterprises hire more disabled

Added On December 4, 2017

Employment for disabled people remains a challenge for many countries across the world. 

In India, private enterprises are taking initiatives to hire disabled for mainstream roles.
According to the 2011 census, about 2.2 percent of India's population is disabled, while more than 60 percent of disabled are not pursuing any active work. 
India has recently passed the "Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act",  making strong provision of work for the disabled.
The law also calls for the participation of private sector in hiring them.
Private enterprises in Indian metropolitan cities are now taking on board disabled employees.
RATI AGNIHOTRI,CNC correspondent reported that "The private sector in India is increasingly getting open to the employment of disabled people. Although India's recent legislation strengthening the rights of the disabled would certainly create a conducive atmosphere for their employment, initiatives by private, local enterprises in not just hiring the disabled but also creating an alternative work ethos for them is what would make the difference." 
Echoes Cafe in Indian capital New Delhi has an all hearing impaired serving team.
While hearing impaired people are often trained for back-end jobs, assigning them roles that involve direct communication with people is something new.
The customers make their order by writing down a code assigned to every item on the menu. 
And if they need any services,they press the bell that lights up a bulb on the customer's table that a staff member can see.
With sign language boards all over at the Cafe, customers can interact with the waiters by picking up sign language skills.
The idea is to create an environment that incorporates the mode of communication of the hearing impaired in the whole organizational setup and not treat them as outsiders.
Follow by the Voice of Sign Language Interpreter
ASHISH GUPTA, Serving Staff at Echoes Cafe said "He is telling about his job. He has been working here for the last 3 years. all is good. He says I have been trying to learn new things since I started out. And it's been very nice. I am happy with the job." 
Now in India, many hearing impaired people are making a good career in fine arts. 
They are often supported by government programmes and social enterprises that specifically work with them. 
However, experts say that the private companies need to be more gender exclusive. 
OSHIN DHAWAN, Head of Communications at Atulyakala said "In any sector,inclusion is the step, just keeping someone who is deaf maybe under the CSR programme won't help it. That's just a name. That's just a tag given."
Experts said that there is a need for inclusion and all sides need to take step towards it.