Disabled display grit at job fair

Physically-challenged turn out in large numbers for the event at CB Pur
Last Updated 24 July 2010, 18:24 IST

Job-seekers across the board - those with a pass in eighth standard to post graduates and engineering graduates - from all the taluks thronged the Government Junior College for the fair organised by the Employment and Training Department under Koushalaya skill development programme.

While some were apprehensive about getting a job some were optimistic. “I am a BA graduate. I have been searching for a job for several days. I have secured good marks in examinations and attended several interviews as well. However, I am yet to land a job,” a participant said.

Physical disability has not defeated the spirit of these challenged persons to excel in their chosen field and surmount the obstacles.  “I hail from a poor family. My labourer father has educated me up to PUC. I have plans to continue my education by taking up a job. My earning would supplement my family income and ease the burden,” said another participant. Another SSLC failed job seeker said he was ready to work even as a security guard.

Steady flow

While some were of the hope of securing a job befitting their qualification and eligibility some were under the constraint to take up any job to meet the ends. There was a steady flow of job aspirants at the mela from 10 am to 4 pm.

Job-seekers from Chintamani, Gudibande, Gauribidanur, Bagepalli and Shidlaghatta taluks poured in at the venue with great hopes. They were exuding confidence of shouldering any responsibility given an opportunity.

Some had come on their own with prosthetic aids, some were brought by their parents, relatives and friends. Radhamma of Hirenagavalli village was carried into the venue by her parents and friends.

“I was hale and healthy and used to teach dance to children. I lost control over my legs due to a disease six years ago. I am now studying in final year BA and want to live my life independently. I don’t want to be a burden on my parents,” she said.

A Banu of Chintamani, who was brought by her sister Salma Taj to the fair said she has completed BA and was seeking a job of a computer operator or any job that she could do by sitting at a place.

Elaborate arrangements

The Department had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the fair. The representatives were guiding the participants as soon as they entered the venue. They were later told to fill in prescribed format along with bio-data. The participants were later being guided to suitable employers depending on their eligibility.

“The job fair is organised in the City for the first time. The response is too good with participants coming at the expected numbers. A total of 10 employers are taking part in the fair. The selected will get jobs in computer training centre, security agencies, call centres and other sectors,” Employment Officer Hemachandra told Deccan Herald. Notwithstanding their physical disability, the participants had a grit and determination to surpass obstacles.

(Published 24 July 2010, 18:24 IST)

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