Differently-abled persons

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Promises:

We will regularly conduct nationwide surveys to ascertain the extent of disability prevalence and to generate actionable information on supporting persons with special needs.

We will define and acknowledge all categories of disabilities and issue specialised CNIC or disability certificate to ensure that differently-abled persons will receive privileges and facilities without any discrimination.

We will ensure 2% job quota fulfilment for differently-abled persons at all government establishments.

We will provide training, skills and finance through public-private partnerships for differently-abled persons, and income support to differently-abled persons with severe disabilities.

We will invest in the provincial Special Education Departments and Institutions to uplift their infrastructure, human resource and assistive technologies.

We will conduct provincial and national Special Olympics and Sporting events and arrange for sports federations to sponsor international participation of special athletes.

We will develop Disability Resource Centres at each district, equipped with necessary equipment for screening and therapy of differently-abled persons (such as hearing aids, wheelchair, etc., through federal and provincial programmes.)

Progress

8 September 2018

CM Sindh inaugurated first ever public sector centre for Autism which is South Asia’s biggest centre. Centre of Autism Rehabilitation & Training (C-ART) will accommodate the children who could not afford private sector institutions.

18 September 2018

Chairman National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) inaugurated a mega centre of NADRA in Gujranwala which had eight counters for differently-abled persons out of the total 32 counters.

27 November2018

Government of Punjab approved the online assessment and registration process for differently-abled persons. Ambreen Raza, Secretary of the Punjab Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal Department, said that the government has also increased job quotas for differently-abled persons from 2pc to 3pc.

3 December 2018

PM Imran Khan said that the government will provide equal opportunities to differently-abled persons, especially in the fields of education an employment. On International day of Persons with Disabilities, he took to Twitter to announce that the bill to empower differently-abled persons is ready.

22 January 2019

According to Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, the bill has been introduced in the National Assembly to protect the rights of differently-abled persons and has been further referred to the standing committee for approval.

18 February 2019

The special assistant to the Sindh chief minister on empowerment of special persons, Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar, said that NADRA will organise special camps to facilitate differently-abled persons to register computerised CNICs.

27 February 2019

Dr Shireen M Mazari said that the government is working to empower and enable differently-abled persons through key legislations. She was addressing the high level segment of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council at Geneva.

20 March 2019

State Bank of Pakistan issued a statement in which they announced   Small Enterprise Financing and Credit Guarantee Facility for differently-abled people. Banks will provide easy loans under this scheme to differently-abled persons for their businesses.

4 April 2019

Capital Development Authority (CDA) was directed by the PM to ensure proper services for differently-abled persons. The written order stated to make all public buildings of the capital disability friendly.