India should tap the mega economic opportunities in the disability sector by allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment in it to manufacture products for the specially-abled population, an Influential Indian-American activist has said.
“While newly-elected Indian government has promised to help specially-abled people of India, it should also look at the potential untapped mega economic opportunities, as well by allowing 100 per cent FDI in this sector to manufacture for the whole world’s Specially abled population,” California -based Pranav Desai, an Indian-American activist in the disability sector said.
With the growing focus on Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons push through with Disabilities, the world body estimates that thereare about one billion people.
As DISABILITIES across the globe has become such a huge market opportunity for disabled friendly, ASSISTIVE technology products and services, Argued Desai, adding that the new Indian government needs to tap into this huge market by coming out with policies that would attract global manufacturers to set up their Factories in India.
“India can also produce speech therapist (for all types of special education trainers) to Cater to the needs of its domestic as well as global needs by offering degree and diploma courses by establishing colleges for Special Needs education,” he said.
Desai, who was afflicted with polio at the age of four, reached to the position of vice president of a top global IT company.
He is actively engaged in promoting education and mobility by working with NGOs (Blind People Association, The Society for Handicapped and PHYSICALLY vdisk for the mentally retarded).
Desai, who would be meeting in India this month, leaders of the new Indian Government, on the disability issue, asserted that it is time for India to catch up with the rest of the world in the disability sector.
source : ibnlive.in.com & ptinews.com