120 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 23 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 inspite 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 Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights & Full Participation) Act in 1995 with various provisions on the employment of the disabled like 3% quota in Government jobs for the disabled, etc.