Manikganj Deputy Commissioner speaks at a human chain programme marking International Day of Disabled Persons on Zila Parishad premises on Monday.

Country Desk
The International Day for Disabled Persons was observed at different divisional cities, districts and university campuses across the country in a befitting manner, bringing out colourful processions and holding discussions in order to create awareness among the mass.
In Gaibandha, a total of 105 persons with disabilities of seven upazilas in the district got devices from Integrated Disability Service Centre (IDSC) on December 03 as the 27th International and 20th National Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed in the district as elsewhere in the country, reports BSS.
This year’s theme of the day was “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equity”. Marking the day, IDSC under Jatiya Protibandhi Unnayan Foundation chalked out programs.

A post rally function on assistive device distribution to persons with disabilities was also held on the premises of IDSC at Shukhnagar area of the town with disability affairs officer Akhtar Hossain in the chair.
Deputy Commissioner Sebastian Rema addressed the function and formally inaugurated the assistive device distribution to the persons with disabilities as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he underscored the need for establishing a congenial, sound and friendly atmosphere for the disabled persons to ensure a dignified position for them in society. Terming disabled persons as an integral part of the society, the DC mentioned that time has come to bring them into the mainstream of society for overall development of the nation.

Later, wheelchairs, tri-cycles, crutch, corner chair, toilet chair and standing frames were distributed to 105 persons with disabilities coming from far flung areas of the district.
Consultant of physiotherapy Dr. Arif Hossain, clinical physiotherapist
Dr. Bariul Islam and other staff of the IDSC including journalists of print and electronic media attended the function.
In Manikganj, deputy commissioner SM Ferdous at a discussion said the disabled are not isolated parts of the society, rather they can play active role in the country’s development. “It is regrettable that many disabled are involved in begging. Proper guidance can bring them into the mainstream of development,” he said while speaking as chief guest at a discussion meeting, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, at the auditorium of Manikganj Zila Parished in the town on Monday.
SM Ferdous further said the disabled can prove their ability at any activity, if they are given proper opportunity. He pointed out that there is no accurate statistics of people with disabilities, which makes it difficult to plan any development work for them. Marking the day, a colorful procession was brought out, led by Deputy Commissioner of Manikganj from the District Collectorate Building premises in the morning and paraded the main streets of the town.

District Administration, Social Welfare Department, Manikganj jointly organised the discussion as well as bringing out a colourful procession in association with Manikganj Disable People’s Organisation to Development, Grameen Saba Sangstha and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, aiming to create mass awareness to extend supports and provide adequate facilities for the people with differently able.
Deputy Director of district Social Welfare Department Jowerder Mohammed Mohiuddin presided over the discussion while DC SM Ferdous was present as the chief gust. Among others, Sadar upazila Social Welfare officer Ziaur Rahman, MDPOD’s managing director Entaz Ali, GSS’s secretary Sharif Uddin Ahamed and BRAC representative Abu Zafor Hossain also addressed the discussion.
Speakers at the discussion underscored the need for training and skill development of the disabled to make them assets of the nation.

“Don’t think of them (disabled persons) as burden of the country, train them, make them skilled and you will see they contribute a lot for the development of the country,” they said. Speakers at the discussion said the disabled have their rights in education, healthcare and all other sectors like other people of society. But in our country, there are not enough facilities for the disabled to get on public transports and in many buildings. The facilities for the disabled to climb up stairs is also very limited, they added.
They also said it would not be possible for the government to build a Digital Bangladesh without
uplifting living standard of the physically challenged people of the country as they have potential to becomeworthy citizens.
Meanwhile in Khulna, speakers at a discussion on Monday said physically challenged people ought to be treated as resources and not liabilities through creating opportunities of self-reliant ventures.
They were addressing a discussion organised marking the 27th International Disabled Day and 20th National Disabled Day at Officer’s Club in the city.
Khulna District Administration, District Social Welfare Office and various voluntary organisations jointly organised the discussion.

Additional divisional commissioner Nischinta Kumar Poddar addressed the discussion as the chief guest with director of divisional Social Welfare Office AKM Shamimul Haque Siddiqi in the chair.
The meeting was also addressed, among others, by Deputy Commissioner Md Helal Hossain, Civil Surgeon Dr ASM Abdur Razzak and Additional Director of divisional Social Office Sheikh Mahenul Haque. Deputy director of district Social Welfare Office Khan Motahar Hossain delivered the welcome speech.
The speakers said creation of equal opportunities for all is a constitutional right. In Rangpur, government officials at a discussion Monday stressed on engaging comprehensive steps for mainstreaming of the disabled people with development activities for building a prosperous nation.
They made these observations at a post-rally discussion jointly arranged by the district administration and Department of Social Service at Police Community Hall in observance of the day. The DSS in association with other organisations working for welfare of the disabled people organised the rally, drawing and sports competitions, cultural programmes and prize distribution ceremony marking the day. Rangpur Protibondhi Foundation, Badhir Sangha, World Vision Bangladesh, Prottyasha Protibondhi Nari O Shishu Unnayan Sangstha, Rangdhanu Zila Protibondhi Adhikar Sangstha, Leprosy Mission, Dristi Sangstha, Rangdhanu, ADD International, Protibondhi Seba o Sahajjya Kendra and other organisations extended cooperation to observe the day.

Government and NGO officials, persons with disabilities, leaders of various organisations working for welfare of the disabled persons, professionals, students and human rights activists participated in the rally.
Divisional commissioner Muhammad Joynul Bari attended the discussion as the chief guest with Deputy Director (Local Government) for Rangpur Ruhul Amin Mian in the chair. Deputy Inspector General for Rangpur Range of Bangladesh Police Devdas Bhattacharyya, Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam, Deputy Director of the DSS Abdur Razzaque addressed the discussion as special guests. The speakers highly lauded the government for implementation of massive programmes for the disabled persons aiming at mainstreaming them with the society through ensuring their rights for their development and empowerment.

Devdas Bhattacharyya put maximum importance on establishing disabled-friendly atmosphere for ensuring rights to education, health care and social honour with dignity for the disabled people to properly flourish their inherent talents and abilities. The chief guest laid emphasis on engaging coordinated GO-NGO efforts and changing social mindset toward the physically challenged people in ensuring their rights and proper development to make them self-reliant in the society.
In Dinajpur, deputy commissioner Mohammad Mahmudul Alam at a discussion said everyone will have to be benefitted from development of the country including people with disabilities. If the people with disabilities are built as skilled persons, they will never be burden of society.