Assam hosts career fair for ‘disabled’

Saturday, November 20, 2010

GUWAHATI - A career fair is held for the disabled in Guwahati as an initiative to generate employment among disabled.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inaugurated the fair on Friday.

Career access has brought together 25 companies representing Telecommunications, Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing, Consultancy Firms, IT and ITES, Cosmetics and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).

Total 352 qualified candidates have registered for the Fair from 11 States. Among these, 267 are men and the rest are women.

Interacting with the mediapersons one of the coordinators of the Fair Monideepa Chaudhary said that such type of job fair is the first of its kind to be organised in northeastern India.

“We are holding this job fair exclusively for persons with disabilities, and it is the first ever job fair for people with disabilities in north east. We are holding this in association with Ability Foundation Chennai, which has the experience of holding such fairs for persons with disabilities for the last six years,” said Chaudhary.

The participants were excited to witness such a unique fair in the region.

“I have come here for the first time and these sorts of career programmes for the physically challenged people should be held because it provides employment opportunities for the people. So, I think this is a great initiative,” said Ravi, a participant.

The fair is also supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of Assam; Federation of Industries and Commerce of North Eastern Region; Employment Generation Mission, Government of Assam; Director of Employment and Craftsmen Training, Government of Assam and the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre. (ANI)

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