Lahore, November 20, 2014 (PPI-OT): Federal and all Provincial governments should develop result-oriented policy for the physically challenged people in consultation with organizations like LABARD that are working for the rehabilitation of disabled without any greed.
This was stated by the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz while addressing at the inaugural ceremony of LABARD Rozgar Scheme at LABARD Vocational and Training Center, Lahore. LABARD President and MNA Pervez Malik, Senior Vice President Mian Nusratudin, General Secretary Muhammad Saeed Khan and Finance Secretary Abbas Kha also spoke on the occasion.
Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that existing laws for disabled people are not being implemented in true sense of word while no role of stakeholders in policy making has created a non-friendly environment for special people. He said that federal and provincial governments should evolve concrete strategy to resolve the problems of physically challenged people.
LCCI President said that developed countries are giving special attention to the disabled persons. He said that not only buildings have special ramps but also facilities are being provided at all public places. He said that disabled persons in Pakistan are facing many difficulties due to lack of proper attention. He said that said that government should focus on the issue and ensure proper facilities at all building and public places.
Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that disabled persons could play a special role for progress and prosperity of the country as they have some special God gifted abilities. He said that there are many examples that disabled persons have done some excellent job so they should not leave the optimism and work with new zeal.
LCCI President that LABARD is a feather in LCCI cap and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would leave no stone unturned in ensuring proper assistance to the LABARD. He urged the LCCI members to fully support the LABARD iniative of Rozgar Scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, LABARD President and MNA Pervez Malik said that LABARD has arranged jobs for disabled persons with an objective to give them courage to stare in the eyes of physical disability they have been suffering with.
He said that students who passed out their six months professional cooking course could get a reasonable job. LABARD has also provided them necessary equipment to start their own food businesses. He said that at the LABARD, a number of services including medical assistance, counselling of mentally disabled persons, speech therapy, Qarz-e-Hasana and crutches, tricycles are being provided absolutely free of cost. The number of disabled persons who got themselves registered with the LABARD for availing these facilities is now in thousands.
Pervez Malik said that rehabilitation of disabled persons is a sacred job and everybody should come forward to play his role. He said that the LABARD was getting a very good response from the registeration camps it was holding at Union council level.
He said that in the developed world, the disabled persons are always given a special treatment. They are provided with every possible facility so that they could use their abilities for the well-being of society and now the situation in Pakistan was also taking a positive turn and a large number of disabled persons are running their own businesses with the help of LABARD.
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Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
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