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Adoption of uplift programmes for disabled population stressed

Published : 19 Feb 2020 08:32 PM | Updated : 01 Sep 2020 03:18 PM

Adoption and implementation of special uplift programmes for disabled population by government departments and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) have become crucial to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs), reports BSS.

Officials and leaders of different organisations working for welfare of the disabled people expressed the view at a workshop on ‘Adoption and Implementation of Development Programmes For Disabled Population’ held at a city hotel in Dhaka. The National Council of Disabled Women (NCDW) organised the workshop with the assistance of the ADD International Bangladesh.

Representatives of different government departments and NGOs and leaders of different disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), disabled people, development activists, civil society members and journalists participated in the event. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Syed Enamul Kabir attended the workshop as the chief guest with President of NCDW Nasima Akhter in the chair.

Assistant Engineer of the Local Government and Engineering Department Sajjad Hasnine Md. Heikel, Assistant District Education Officer Shahrina Dilruba, Senior Assistant Director of Palli Daridro Bimochon Foundation Mahabbat Hossain and Chief Instructor of Rangpur Technical Training Centre Nazmul Haque were present as special guests.

Vice-president of Rangpur Rangdhanu Protibondhi Adhikar Sangstha Md. Nure Alam delivered a welcome speech while Filed Coordinator of NCDW Md Hasanuzzaman presented the keynote essay. In his presentation, Hasanuzzaman discussed problems and socioeconomic conditions of disabled population, steps taken by the government for their inclusion, participation and representation in development activities for their mainstreaming in the society.

He suggested for adopting special uplift and rehabilitation programmes for disabled population, providing need-based trainings to pave the way to become engaged in employment and income generating activities for their development. The chief guest narrated the steps taken by the government to ensure inclusion and representation of disabled people in uplift activities and provide education and training to make them productive human resources for attaining the SDGs by 2030.

‘The present government is committed to mainstreaming people with disabilities through ensuring their development,’ he said, and urged the NGOs to give priority to disabled population for their uplift.