Int'l Day of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow
DHAKA, Dec 2, 2021 (BSS) – The 30th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the 13thNational Disabled Day-2021 will be observed in the country tomorrow as elsewhere in the globe with a call for ensuring participation of the people with disabilities to build a sustainable post-COVID-19 World.
The Social Welfare Ministry and its affiliated offices across the country have taken various programmes, including discussions and illuminating road islands, to observe the day in a befitting manner across the country.
Marking the day, national dailies will publish special supplements highlighting significance of the day.
On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting all people with disabilities, their families and organizations working for them.
Abdul Hamid appreciated the theme of the day, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World”, saying it has been appropriate against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.
The President said it is imperative to integrate people with disabilities with the mainstream of development to ensure their empowerment.
"People with disabilities, also inseparable part of the society, would be able to contribute to the national development if they are developed as skilled manpower through providing proper training and information technology knowledge with all civic amenities,” he said.
Referring to various government programmes taken for the development of the people with disabilities, Abdul Hamid urged people from all strata, including local and foreign organisations and the affluent section of society, to work together for the welfare of the people with disabilities.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ensured the equal rights of the all citizens, including the people with disabilities, in the Article 19 (1) of the Constitution.
She said the present Awami League government has taken various measures, including formulating different policies and setting up National Foundation for Development of the Disabled Persons and Neuro-Developmental Disabilities Protection Trust, to ensure the welfare of the people with disabilities.
“Our government is implementing various development projects through different ministries, departments and agencies concerned with human resource development including the Ministry of Social Welfare to transform the people with disabilities into skilled manpower,” the premier said.
Noting that the government is giving regular allowances to the people with disabilities, arranging their education and treatment facilities, Sheikh Hasina urged the people from all walks of life, including all concerned voluntary organizations and local and foreign organizations to work together along with the government for the overall development of the people with disabilities across the country.
“I hope that with the joint efforts of all, we will build the country as ‘Sonar Bangla’ dreamt by of the Father of the Nation, In Sha Allah,” she said.
The President and Prime Minister wished success of the day's programmes.
To mark the day, a seminar titled ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’ will be held tomorrow at Bangabandhu International Conference Center from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, organised by Disability Alliance on SDGS Bangladesh and UNDP.
Ministers, secretaries of different ministries, representatives of concerned departments, representatives of local and foreign organizations involved in the development activities and the persons with disabilities will take part in it.
Various public and private organisations have chalked out different programs including seminar, meeting and rally though the celebration will be take place in limited scale like previous year due to the pandemic situation.
Taking to BSS, State minister for social welfare Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru said 10 percent quota has been allocated for the people with disabilities in the government service so that they can get all kind of facilities of the state like anyone else.
Emphasis has been placed on building disability-friendly infrastructures in schools, colleges, offices, roads and other places in metropolitan cities to facilitate their movement, he added.
The total number of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh including women, men and transgender is 24 lakh, 29 thousand 758, according to the latest data of social services department.
The disability rate in Bangladesh is 9.07 percent with 12 types of disabilities identified in humans while the disability rate in developing countries is 15 percent, according to the survey.