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Aug 17, 2016

Inclusive Employer Awards 2016


National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN) in partnership with DRPI –AWARE Project of York University, Canada organized an award ceremony to honor two companies of Nepal as Inclusive employer for the year 2016.

The event started with welcome remarks by the General Secretary Mr. Raju Basnet of NFDN. Mr. Basnet welcomed the guests and the participants. Mr. Sagar Prasai, Country Coordinator of the project gave a short presentation about activities of NFDN and about the employment project. Similarly, Mr. Bishal Dahal, Work Placement Coordinator shared stories of successful placements and the job matching process.

Mr. Raju Basnet of NFDN giving his welcome remarksMr. Raju Basnet, General Secretary of NFDN giving his welcome remarks

Following the event, the award was presented to The Bakery café and Deurali Janta Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd jointly by Mr. Dinesh Kumar Shrestha, Vice President of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce (FNCCI), Mr. Shudarson Subedi, President of NFDN and Ms. Marcia Rioux, Director of DRPI AWARE Project.

Mr. Shudarson Subedi President of NFDN presenting award certificate to Shyam Kakshapati of the Bakery CafeMr. Shudarson Subedi, President of NFDN presenting the award certificate to Mr. Shyam Kakshapati of The Bakery Cafe.

Mr. Shyam Prasad Kakshapati of The Bakery Café and Mr. Min Prasad Pandey of Deurali Janta Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd thanked the organizer for the award and said that it was very encouraging moment for organization. They urged other companies to include Persons with Disability in the job.

Mr. Dinesh Prasad Shrestha, Vice President of FNCCI informed that FNCCI has been awarding private companies and would like to make their awards more inclusive. Further he also showed interest to inform and encourage other Industries by circulating such information within its networks.

Mr. Dinesh Shrestha, Vice President of FNCCI, presenting award to Min Prasad Pandey of Deurali Janta PharmaceutcalsMr. Dinesh Shrestha, Vice President of FNCCI, presenting award to Min Prasad Pandey of Deurali Janta Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.

Marcia Rioux, Project Director and Distinguished Professor of York University shared about the employment status in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. She clarified the reason why Job Matching Process as per Job Seekers skill was more effective than other models used around the world.

As a closing remarks Mr. Sudarshon Subedi shared that the project was helping many persons with disability to get the job and also looked forward for its sustainability in coming days. He requested the Employers to take the initiation to continue this award ceremony in coming years.

The program was concluded with Hi-Tea

Awardees Employers

The Bakery Cafe

In 1991, The Bakery Cafe introduced fast food culture (and momo-culture) to the Kathmandu valley. With its first outlet in Teendhara and newest and 9th outlet in Butwal, the chain has been a key factor in cultivating a culture of eating. The Bakery Café with around 300 staff, today, is not only known for its quality food and efficient service but also for staff with hearing impairment.
Impressed with dedication and professionalism of employees with persons with hearing impairment,

Mr. Shyam Kaksapati, the Managing Director, employed 12 young people with hearing impairment in 1997. Today, The Bakery Cafe trains and employs 65 staff with hearing impairment. The Bakery Café has changed the whole experience of dining out in which each guest gets a unique opportunity to interact with the wait staff.

Deurali Janta Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.

Established in 1988 with the motto of- Dedicated to upliftment of Healthcare Standards of the Nation and awarded with various standards like ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and WHO-GMP, Deurali Janata Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. is one of the top pharmaceutical company in Nepal.

Deurali Janta has around 400 employees who are both technical and non-technical personnel as well as highly skilled and semi-skilled workers. As an employer DJPL has a vision of building a strong neighborhood. So it hires most of its workers from and around Budhanilkantha community where its factory is located.

Deurali Janta presents itself as a good employer by hiring employees from minority communities including single women, dalits and persons with disabilities. There are 18 people with hearing impairments working as semi-skilled worker and stepping ahead DJPL has also hired a semi-skilled worker who also is able to use sign language. This employee has regular job in the manufacturing process and also acts as an interpreter to facilitate communications with the deaf employees.

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