Differently abled, but making up just 1% of the IT-ITeS pool


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India may be one of the biggest hubs for the IT-ITeS (Information Technology and IT-Enabled services) industry, but the employment opportunities it offers to persons with disabilities are dismal. Less than 1% of the almost 39 lakh employees in these companies are persons with disabilities.
“There are no official statistics as many corporates are reluctant to share employee information. Sample surveys have been done in the past by third party agencies, and based on these it is believed that a little less than 1% of the industry’s employees are persons with disabilities,” said Shrikant Sinha, CEO of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Foundation. The group’s Disability Initiative encourages inclusion of persons with disabilities in the industry by sensitising the sector about employment and accessibility.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/differently-abled-but-making-up-just-1-of-the-it-ites-pool/article19373359.ece

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