Lahore, February 27, 2014 (PPI-OT): Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that bright future is the destiny of nations that look after the distressed segments of the society enabling them to play their part in economic building of the country.
The Governor was addressing the spring festival organized for the physically handicapped children by Lahore Businessmen Association for Disabled (LABARD). LABARD President MNA Pervaiz Malik, LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari also spoke on the occasion while LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar, former LCCI Presidents Mian Misbahur Rehman, Mian Anjum Nisar, President PML(N) Traders Wing Nasir Saeed, President Anjuman-e-Tajiran Auto Market Waqar Ahmad Mian, Ahmar Malik, Saeed Khan were prominent among the dignitaries participated in the mela.
Over five thousand physically challenged children and youngsters took part in the festivities of the mela that continued all the day long. The Governor expressed pleasure that Lahore businessmen after fulfilling their social corporate responsibility by ensuring that all disabled children of the city are provided proper education and vocational training so that they could join the main stream economic activities.
He said Pakistan needs all helping hands to eradicate widespread poverty from the society. “One reason for our backwardness is that we have not encouraged our women to participate in economic activities” he said adding that similarly the physically handicapped are deprived from education and vocational training.
He said organizations providing helping hand to the disabled are doing great service to the country. He praised the philanthropic spirit of businessmen that have responded to admirably whenever the nation faced any calamity.
President LABARD Pervaiz Malik MNA said that an uneducated and unskilled physically handicapped person becomes a burden on the society but the same person could become highly productive if he is provided education or trained in skills. He said the poorer segments of the society cannot afford to send their physically disabled to schools and colleges because to high cost of daily transportation. He said LABARD brings all its 500 students in the school through dedicated school vans.
“We train them in skill, encourage them to go for higher education and ensure their placement in respectable jobs” he added. He said many girls that are severely affected by polio were encouraged to do MBA or even higher education. Their educational expenses and daily transportation arrangement were funded by LABRAD. Today many of them are serving in foreign banks in Pakistan at handsome salaries.
Pervaiz Malik said that the Lahore businessmen are generously providing funds but he asked the governor Punjab to arrange technical assistance for the disabled from the United Kingdom where he enjoys good reputation and influence.
The physically disabled thoroughly enjoyed the festival as many games and cultural activities were arranged for them. Many of them performed at the stage as well. Each handicapped was given a present containing some gifts and eateries.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari suggested that the frequency of the LABARD Mela should be increases and should be arranged twice a year. He said that the special persons possess God gifted qualities but we all should make collective efforts for enhancing their skills so that they could become useful members of the society.
The LCCI President paid rich tributes to the organiasers of the LABARd mela and said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would continue to extend cooperation the LABARD for this noble cause.
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