Mayor of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Talukder Abdul Khaleque on Saturday said physical challenged men will be made resources as well as to contribute national development by imparting proper nursing, education and training.
“Disabled people are the integral part of the society. There is no scope to ignore them. We should help in flourishing their hidden talents .They will march forward defying all barriers,” he said while speaking at a discussion as chief guest at Shilpokola Academy premises marking the 31st International and 24th National Disabled Day.
The chief guest also said the government has been providing various facilities to the disabled people through the Department of Social Welfare side by side the government is very cordial to attach them in mainstream development process of the society.
Referring Saima Wazed Putul, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been working tirelessly for the development of the physically challenged people, the Mayor said urging all walks of life, national and international voluntary organisations to come forward for their development side by side with government.
Jointly organized by Khulna District Administration and Department of Social Welfare, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and ICT) Mukul Kumar Maitra chaired the discussion.
Director of the divisional social welfare department Md Abdur Rahman, District Livestock officer Dr Arun Kanti Mondal and Freedom Fighter Md Alamgir Kabir addressed as special guests while Deputy Director of district social welfare department Khan Motahar Hossain delivered the welcome speech.
Assistant professor of the Development Studies Discipline of the Khulna University Bayezid Khan presented the keynote paper.
In his welcome speech, Khan Motahar Hossain said the government has been implementing 54 social safety net programmes through the department of social welfare.
A total of 104 Disable Service and Aid Centers are have been providing services for ensuring safety net of the disabled men including physiotherapy, he said, adding that Khulna Social Welfare Office has been ensuring safety net to reach ‘Suborna National Identification Card (NID) among 48,144 disabled people.
Under the programmes, disabled people so far received Taka 39.42 crore in the 2021-22 fiscal years.
Later, the chief guest distributed different aids including family kits among the under privileged disabled children.