The International Day for the Disabled Persons was observed at different divisional cities and other districts across the country in a befitting manner.
Speakers at a post-rally discussion in Rajshahi on Monday underscored the need for ensuring congenial enviornment to make an end to discrimination against the persons with disabilities to enable them leading a decent life, reports BSS.
Terming the disabled persons as the integral part of the society, they said time has come to bring them into the mainstream of the society for overall development of the nation.
Department of social service (DSS) and District Administration organized the discussion at Shishu Academy Auditorium marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and National Disabled Day-2018.
Various organizations working for elevating living and livelihood condition of the persons with special needs joined the programme.
Chaired by DSS Deputy Director Rashedul Kabir, the meeting was addressed, among others, by its Divisional Deputy Director Hasina Momtaz, Member of National Social Welfare Council Mozammel Haque, DSS Assistant Director Soheli Rashid, District Children Affairs Officer Monjur Murshed and Person with Disability Affairs Officer Shariat Ullah. The discussants unanimously emphasised the need for establishing a sound and friendly atmosphere for the disabled persons to ensure a dignified position for them in society.
They appreciated the theme of the day, “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equity”, saying it was important to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Referring to the government steps for welfare of the disabled persons, they said all concerned should make the best use of all facilities in the greater interest of these people.
Hasina Momtaz urged the affluent section of the society as well as the philanthropists to come forward with their helping hands to supplement the government’s efforts to properly place the disadvantaged people in the society. The disabled children must be given an equal opportunity in institutional education like the privileged ones so that they could grow as worthy citizens and contribute to the country’s development, she said.
In Jhenaidah, International Day for the Disabled Persons, targeting the equality and same goal, was also observed on Monday.
Jhenidah district administration and district social welfare department jointly organised the programme.
A colourful procession led by deputy commissioner Saroj Kumar Nath was brought out in the town in the morning from Jhenidah Old Collectorate building which paraded the main city roads.
Officials and staff of the district administration and social welfare department, Run Development Society, Aziz Autistic and Disabled School, Mahtab Uddin Autistic and Disabled School, Matiar Rahman Autistic and Disabled School, Dogachhi Bejpara Autistic and Disabled school, Hazi Amjad Hossain Autistic and Disabled School, Shjer Ali Autistic and Disabled School, Soyail Autistic and Disabled school and some other non-profit organisations participated.
A discussion meeting was held in the conference room of the deputy commissioner. Chaired by deputy director of social welfare department Abdul Latif, deputy commissioner Saroj Kumar Nath attended as chief guest. Assistant director of the department Jajidul Alam among others spoke on the ocassion.
The speakers said the people with disability (PWD)s are the part and parcel in our society. No development could be fruitful without the participation of the PWDs. They should be given special attention in every spheres of life.