[AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled resources.

Rajesh Asudani rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Wed Feb 20 03:48:27 EST 2008

a steady government job, in my view, with all its attendant evils is a safe and sure bait for a disabled person-more so for a visually impaired.

Call me radical if you like.

But we would be doing a great wrong in forsaking the fight for reservation and accurate identification and equal opportunities without any discrimination in government sector.

Totally blind, all over india, and more so in maharashtra, have nil fresh job opportunities despite all legal and governmental harangues.


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From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Sudhir R (NeSTIT)
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:49 PM
To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled resources.

> Hi folks !
> Hope the list members recollect an issue I had raised about six months back - about the so-called  new employers of the differently abled, the IT & ITES companies, keeping the disabled resources on long periods of contract, without confirming them.
> The ensuing discussion had centred on the benefits of the contract system and how it was really progressive.  The issue was swept under the carpet unlike other "serious" issues like discrimination by airlines against the visually challenged, the mistakes in grammar in the list postings, etc.
> Now that  the IT sector has started feeling the heat of the Rupee appreciation and the US economic melt-down, the poor disabled  resources have started getting contract termination notices.  Funnily, a multinational behemoth which describes itself as an equal opportunity employer and draws lot of media publicity from this is one of the first to initiate action that might impact some of our own list members.
> There is little that we can do but sit and watch as the most important social security mechanism available to the Indian blind, a steady job, is kicked out from their grasp thanks to biased corporate policies.  While appreciating the fact that job mobility is the in-thing in a globalised existence, let us not forget that the disadvantaged in India, like us disabled, do not have an elaborate social security mechanism to fall back on in such circumstances.
> Finally, when all the hype dies down, the only recourse to the disabled who are not from well-heeled families may still be government jobs and / or traditional sectors like teaching, vocational trades and self-employment.
> Rgds
> RS
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