When a human decides to start an initiative or a project, they naturally question whether it is worth their time. When a human decides to start an initiative or a project, they naturally question whether it is worth their time. In an earlier drafted article, I justify why I think the Gilgit Baltistan Government should hire Persons With Disablities. I wrote that Economic Development could not come without Persons With Disablities being employed. I justified it using Marx’s theory of Capitalism and Alienation. While that may be debated, ‘ each to their own ‘ political opinion, what I should have done was explain the basic principles of economics. Though this is a cliché, ‘ the world does run on money’.
However, having said that in my small literature review, I found that Persons with Disablities are actually a key asset to the employer. Without going into further details, the key points show that :
If the right people with disabilities are selected for the
right job and are given responsibility, they often outperform
other employees with higher levels of efficiency, productivity,
accuracy, commitment, loyalty, and satisfaction.
This higher level of motivation leads to better quality, friendlier dealings with customers, higher loyalty towards their employer, and more consistent performance. (Aichner)
The problem is that many still are unaware of such evidence and have not been keeping up with the latest news on disability. Knowing that Gilgit Baltistan is looking to expand its economy through CPEC and other resources, should it not also consider this route? For instance, Hernandez et al (2008) cite an example of ‘ 1 disabled who has never missed a day for the last 35 years’, I mean this is an excellent result for the company and for their revenue. Not to mention Accunetre et al 2018 state that PWDs bring in more revenue. To be exact 30% of net profits are higher and overall net income is 111% higher.
The government needs to consider this and as well as the private sector. GBGM would request these sectors to have a rigorous review of such data and possibly implement these changes within GB as soon as possible