Future Group to strengthen disable workforce

There are nearly 70 million specially-abled people available to be hired.

Following a white paper by the Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India (TRRAIN) on the employment opportunities for persons with disability in retail, Future Group, CEO, Kishore Biyani said the company plans to have nearly five percent of its workforce from this segment in the next three years.

"We have to go along with the flow of the nature. There are nearly 70 million people with disabilities and the retail industry can play a major role in bringing them in the mainstream," said Kishore Biyani in Mumbai at the sidelines of an event organised by TRRAIN foundation.

According to the report, which surveyed retail organisations, central and state government officials for the PwDs welfare, NGOs and PwDs working in the space, nearly 70 percent recorded that hiring these people reduced attrition rates with average attrition rate of such people was 3.3 percent against the industry figure of 6.8 percent. "Lower attrition further compounded by EPF/ESI benefit rewarded by the governments to organisations for employment of PwDs can lead to benefit as high as 8 percent annual salary of the employee," said the study.