The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organised a ‘National Workshop on Skill Development for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)’ in New Delhi on July 3, 2018.
The workshop was organised with a view to provide a platform to all stakeholders ranging from training partners to the policymakers as well as employers. It was inaugurated by Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, while Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, was the Guest of Honour.
In his inaugural address, Thaawarchand Gehlot said that employment is the key to empowerment. The Right of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPwD), 2016 which came into force last year mandates the Government to frame schemes to promote Skill Development of Persons with Disabilities so as to enhance their scope of employability.
The workshop dwelled on all the issues involved in the skill development for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
The main objective of the workshop was to come out with a workable solution in identifying core areas for skill development in the context of PwDs and mechanism for appropriate mapping of categories of Disabilities.
It also aimed to promote a positive attitude in the private sector to consider PwDs as one of their valuable workforces.
• The day-long workshop saw participation from representatives from Corporate Sectors (both in Private and Public), State Governments and Empanelled Training Centres of DEPwD.
• It comprised five sessions starting with the inaugural session, which was attended by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment.
• The other sessions included:
Session I– Topic: Skill Mapping with regard to categories of PwD- Presentation and Panel Discussion by Directors of National Institutes, Representatives from MSDE & NSDC.
Session II– Topic: Placement Opportunities in Private/Public Sector including Mechanism to regulate Post Training Placement - Presentation and Panel Discussion by Representatives from Industry Body, PSUs & Leading Private Sector Companies.
Session III- Topic: Skill Mapping with regard to categories of PwD - Presentation and Panel Discussion by ETPs and Skill Council for Persons with Disabilities.
Interactive Session- Questions and Replies/ Round Up.
• The Department in collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launched the National Action Plan (NAP) for Skill Development of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in March 2015.
• The department also implements an umbrella scheme called ‘Scheme for Implementation of Right of Persons with Disabilities Act’ (SIPDA), which has a component for Skill Development of PwDs.
• Under NAP, 75640 PwDs have been trained since 2016-17 and this year the target is to impart skill training to 90,000 PwDs.
• The Skill Development programme for PwDs is implemented through the training Partners empanelled with this department and also through its National Institutes, their Composite Regional Centres and also through National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC).
• Till date, 258 training partners spread across 28 states and one union territory have been empanelled with the DEPwD for imparting skill training to PwDs, comprising 26 Government Organisations and 232 Non-Government Organisations.
• During the last 4 years about 1.4 lakh PwDs have been imparted skill training under the skill development /vocation training program of the Department.
• The Persons with Disabilities are one of the most marginalized segments in the society. According to 2011 census, there are 26.8 million Persons with Disabilities in India, which constitutes 2.21% of our population.
• These people include Persons with Hearing Disability, Locomotor Disability, Visual Disability, Speech Disability, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, Multiple Disabilities and other unspecified categories of Disabilities.
• Most of them do not have access to education, training and thus remain deprived of gainful employment.
• However, every category of Disability has a unique ability. Similarly, different regions or areas in the country have different market demand.
• India is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which came into the effect from May 2018.
• In line with the spirit of UNCRDP, the Union Government enacted the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, which came into force from April 19, 2017.
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