STATUS OF THE DISABLED
136 Million Disabled!! The statistics of the disabled in India are alarming. 10% of our population i.e. around 120 million persons are disabled either physically or mentally. Out of these, there are over 30 million employable disabled persons, wherein only a few lakhs have registered at the special employment exchanges for the handicapped, of which, shockingly; only a few thousands are currently employed.
This frustrating condition prevails in spite of all the best efforts by Union as well as the State Governments with a vast network of National Employment Service for the Disabled and despite the passing of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 with various provisions on the employment of the disabled like 4% quota in Government jobs for the disabled, etc.