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The disabled must not be ignored in budgetary allocation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Some 10 percent of our population are disabled. Panelists at a meeting urged the government to enhance the allocation in the next national budget for the disabled and integrate them with the mainstream of development. Bangladesh Disability Forum and Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad jointly organized the meeting in the city on Tuesday. Earlier the Chief Adviser, Dr Fakharuddin Ahmed, also called upon the private sector to contribute in a bigger way to the welfare of the disabled as part of their social obligation. It is highly encouraging to note 48 mentally challenged sports persons clinched 71 medals including 32 of gold in Shanghai Special World Olympic Games last year. It is also encouraging that the caretaker government a few months ago took a wise decision to ratify the UN International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The action is urgently necessary to reinforce the government’s commitment for the welfare of disabled people. Bangladesh is one of the signatories of the recent UN convention.The disabled people need to be included in different development programmes and projects. If necessary, the existing law and act should be amended or modified for this. We also support the proposal for inclusion of the issues relating to the rights of the disabled in the rules of business of all the ministries for development of the disabled people. Many countries offer special privileges to disabled people. The disabled get priority in public transports and other facilities. People show respect and extend necessary cooperation to them. We should understand that they are the citizens of the country and deserve their due share in all affairs. We hope the government would not take much time to ratify the UN convention on the rights of the disabled people. Under no circumstances, the disabled should be ignored in the budgetary allocation.

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