The Maldives government has awarded jobs from 18 state run companies to an additional 157 individuals with special needs.
The letters of employment were presented at a special ceremony held at Dharubaaruge convention centre in capital Male on Monday. The government awarded jobs from a wide range of sectors including business, administration, operations and aviation.
The recipients include people with visual or hearing impairments, and mental disorders or physical disabilities.
The government had previously awarded jobs from state institutions to over 100 people with special needs.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Gender and Family Zeneesha Shaheed Zaki stated that training programs will be conducted to acclimate the recipients with their work. She added that the government will also launch awareness programs in the respective companies to encourage inclusivity of people with special needs in work environments.
“Establishing a support system that will recognise the challenges they [people with special needs and disabilities] face at work and help them to overcome them is imperative,” she said.
Minister Zeneesha also proclaimed that the ministry is working to establish a feedback system to obtain the new employees’ responses regarding the challenges and obstacles they face, and their experiences and opinions on their work environments.
The companies which provided positions for the new employees include Fenaka Corporation, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), Maldives Ports Ltd (MPL), Island Aviation, Public Service Media (PSM), Male Water and Sewerage Company ( MWSC) and State Electric Company (STELCO).