International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Sindh government to implement 5% job quota
of disable persons - Nasir Hussain Shah

KARACHI: Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Sindh Minister for Information and Transport has said that the Government was taking all out efforts to facilitate disable persons in the province including implementation of 5% job quota in government institutions while private sector would also be encouraged to provide employment to special persons. He was speaking at a seminar held in connection with International Day of Persons with Disabilities with them of Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all. The seminar was jointly organized by the Helping Hands for Relief & Development (HHRD) & Neurology Awareness & Research Foundation (NARF) in connection with International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrated every year on December 3rd across the World.

Syed Nasir Hussain Shah speaking at a seminar held in connection with International Day of Persons
with Disabilities at Karachi on December 8th, 2017. Also sitting on the dais are Prof. Muhammad
Wasay, Syed Ibne-e-Hasan, Dr. Abdul Malik, Dr. Madiha Latif, Ms. Zehra, and Dr. Tahmina Tabish.

Continuing Mr. Nasir Hussain said that the government has directed Sindh Building Control Authority SBCA not to approve construction plans of buildings which do not provide facilities to the disable persons. Special directives have been issued for provision of jobs to special persons not only in the government but also in private sector besides providing them all necessary facilities. If directions issued to SBCA are not implemented the government has decided to take strict action. Disabled persons would also be facilitated in transport, education and health sectors, he assured.

President, Neurology Awareness and Research Foundation, Professor Muhammad Wasay addressing the participants said that number of disable persons in Pakistan was growing at an alarming rate of 2.65 percent annually as the estimated 5.30 million population of the country was suffering with disability, children being the prime victims. In Pakistan 43% of total disabled population comprises of children as compared to 10% of global percentage (2.18 Million). Only 14% of the disable persons are the part of workforce, only 10% have access to rehabilitation and 17% have access to social and educational support. Dr Wasay stressed for the special care of special persons and informed that the stroke, trauma, traumatic brain and cord injury, birth related Meningitis/ infection/ Malaria & Mental health are the main causes of disability, he noted.

Dr Madiha Latif, Erum Zehra, Occupational therapist, General Secretary Neurology Awareness and Research Foundation Dr.  Abdul Malik and Syed Ibn-e-Hasan, senior vice president of National Bank of Pakistan also spoke on the occasion. (PR) 

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