Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India have at least one disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population. Among the total disabled people in the country, 12.6 million are male and 9.3 million are female.
Among the five types of disabilities on which data has been collected, disability in seeing at 48.5% emerges as the top category. Others in the sequence are in movement (27.9%), intellectual (10.3%), in speech (7.5%), and in hearing (5.8%). Across the country, the highest number of disabled people has been reported from the state of Uttar Pradesh (3.6 million).
Therefore, to ensure sustainability to the lives of Persons with Disability, Spark Minda Group has developed a project called “SAKSHAM”.
People with disabilities have been left behind and excluded form many of the main development processes, pushing people to the margins and poverty, towards unsustainable ways of livelihood. We cannot hope to truly achieve sustainable development without creating a future of real inclusiveness for everyone, everywhere. In order to create a change which can further help to aid sustainable development, we employ persons with disabilities after mapping the functions in our factories across India. Thus, on the basis of this mapping, persons with visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment and speech impairment are employed.
- Our vision 2020 was to give persons with disabilities 7000 permanent roles.
- Employment to another 1000 persons with disabilities in the next 5 years.
The project is providing sustainability to the lives of persons with disabilities so aspiring youth can achieve, and find job opportunities.