Chennai: The retail sector has hired 53 per cent more persons with disabilities (PwD) in the period between 2011-18 than the time before, a report has stated.
Released by Trust for Retailers & Retail Associates of India (TRRAIN), in association with HSBC, the report titled ‘Disability Employment: Indian Retail Changing Equations’ states that it is encouraging that hiring of PwD in the retail sector has gone up by 53 per cent between 2011-18.
However, there is an enhanced scope for the retail industry in India to employ and mainstream PwD the report states, establishing a positive correlation between customers and stores manned by PWD
Given that around 80 per cent of jobs in the retail sector are customer facing, employing PwD serves the dual purpose of providing employment to them, sensitizing the larger society about the challenges faced by PwD, the report said.
According to the India census 2011, the number of differently abled people in India is 26.8 million or 2.21 per cent of the total population.
The report states that the actual number of PwD in India is between 5-10 per cent of the total population, as against the number put forth in the census. Interestingly, around 50 per cent of PwD population in India is in the employable age group, it said.
However, lack of education is a hindrance to employability as around 46 per cent of the PwD population in India is uneducated. While 36 per cent of India’s PwD are employed, they are mostly (around 90 per cent) employed in the unorganized sector, the report said.
Furthermore, the report finds that mainstreaming PwD can add around five-seven per cent to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).