Skill India fails women with disabilities in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha is home to over five lakh women with disabilities but only around 10 per cent of them are skilled and employed.
Even as both the State and Central Governments are implementing various schemes to train and employ them in various trades under the ‘Skill India’ initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the plans have not benefited many women with disabilities. Currently, majority of women undergoing vocational training are orthopaedically challenged while those with intellectual and multiple disabilities are left out. According to the 2011 Census, 12,44,402 people with disabilities in the State include 5,69,627 women in the employable age of 15 to 59 years.

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