The disabled deserve due share
Monday, 19 May 2008

The Chief Adviser, Dr Fakharuddin Ahmed at a conference recently gave a clarion call to people of different social strata  to contribute in a bigger way to the welfare of the disabled as part of their social obligation. He was speaking at a reception to mentally retarded sportsmen and women in the city on Saturday. 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 must not keep them as burdens. We should help them to become our assets. Many disabled people have scored spectacular success in different fields. They must be given the scope to show their full potentials.

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