Bijay Shankar Sharma, a Customer Sales Assistant with Reliance Fresh
Today I am self-dependent and have opened a bank account to save a part of my salary for my future needs', says Bijay
Bijay, 30 years old and has locomotor disability and lives with his family in a semi urban area called Chinsurah, in Hooghly district of West Bengal. His father, Dinesh Sharma, has retired from service. His mother Vidya Sharma is a housewife.
Bijay completed his HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) through West Bengal Council of Rabindra Open Schooling. Later on he did a basic course in computers.
Bijay says, “I have heard of the Access to Livelihood program of Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) for people with disabilities. I was interested in working in the hospitality or retaiI sectors so I registered at Livelihood Resource Centre, Serampore in September 2015.”
“After registration,” he shares, “I was assessed for my skills and abilities. The LRC team counseled me in several sessions. I undertook their 3-day foundation training which motivated me and helped me regain my confidence. Soon after, I appeared for an interview with Reliance Fresh at Uttapara, in Hooghly district, for the post of Customer Sales Assistant (CSA).”
“I joined Reliance Fresh as CSA in January 2016. I am very happy to be working with them. True I was hoping to work at any retail outlet near my home. But now it is a distant thought. My colleagues are very friendly and supportive,” he relates.
Mrs. Maitrayee Dey, the Human Resource Manager at Uttarpara Reliance Fresh Outlet says, “I am pleased with Bijay’s performance. He is hard working, sincere and punctual to work. The customers are happy with him.”
A satisfied Bijay says, “I thank LRC for all their support. They are the ones behind my success. I encourage all my friends with disability to register with LRC, Serampore, who provide quality training and placement assistance for the disabled.”
Lenonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) is the organization behind the Access to Livelihood program. LCD receives the support of Accenture Foundation in this noble work. The livelihood resource centres, which are part of the program, provide training and counseling, and motivate people with disabilities to join mainstream industries. Livelihood resource centres of LCD are doing path-breaking work in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and in South Africa.