Jobs for 100,000 disabled people in India, says minister

October 17th, 2008 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Finance minister P. Chidambaram Friday said he would ensure 100,000 physically challenged people are provided employment by the end of the current financial year.“I am here to ensure that we will employ 100,000 people with disability in the remaining six months of this fiscal,” Chidambaram said at a conference on engaging industry in employment of people with disability.

“Let me plead guilty, the scheme for disabled people that we launched in 2007 budget has made no progress so far,” he said at the conference organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

“Till the latest review not a single employer has made a single application for the scheme, it shows how sensitive or insensitive we are towards people with disability,” he added.

“I know what question the media is going to ask me, the same usual stuff. All the Delhi newspapers are filled with the same news but there are other issues that need media attention, I’m not going to speak anything apart from this topic,” Chidambaram said.

His remark was directed towards the media questioning him on the current market situation - the benchmark index fell below the 10,000 points Friday - and the financial crisis that the country is facing.

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