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35 specially-abled persons get job at job fair

35 specially-abled persons get job at job fair

A total of 35 specially-abled persons on Saturday (Feb 10) got employed at a job fair organized for them on the NGO Affairs Bureau office premises in the city's Agargaon area. Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) of the ICT Division arranged the fair. State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the programme as the chief guest, said a press release.

According to the release, 35 persons with disabilities, who are specially trained in information technology and computer education, received appointment letters at the job fair following proper recruitment process while more than 500 specially-abled aspirants submitted resumes and faced interview at the event. The organizers hoped that this fair would help more 15 persons to get jobs as the recruiting organizations took interview of all of the job seekers.

48 ICT-based institutions, including Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) and Bangladesh Association of Contact Center and Outsourcing (BACCO), offered jobs to the people with disabilities at the fair.

Speaking on the occasion, Zunaid Ahmed Palak said people with disabilities are more attentive to and responsible in the workplace than other people. "Specially-abled people are our brothers and sisters. If they get scope, they will go ahead of others with their hard work, talent and responsible attitudes," he added.

Emphasizing on the use of technology to eliminate discrimination between physically challenged people and others, the state minister said, "No children with disabilities in our country would remain confined to home and be considered as burden on the family or the country".

If the children with disabilities get just a little assistance and opportunity, they will be transformed into national assets, who will lead Bangladesh to become a smart nation.

Noting that an entrepreneur fair would be organized for the people with disabilities, Palak said the differently able people will not only seek jobs but also create employment for thousands of youths by becoming entrepreneurs.

ICT Division Secretary Md Shamsul Arefin, NGO Affairs Bureau Director General Md Saidur Rahman and Executive Director of the Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) Khandaker Jahurul Alam were present at the opening ceremony as special guests with BCC Executive Director Ranajit Kumar in the chair. Director of Training and Development Department of BCC Engineer Md Golam Sarwar delivered the welcome speech on the occasion.

The BCC, in collaboration with the Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID), has been organizing the fair since 2015 with the aim of providing jobs to specially-abled people.