LAHORE: While fulfilling its promise of rehabilitation of the disabled persons, the Lahore Businessmen Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled (LABARD) has distributed cooking cart along with equipment, mobile phone repairing counter, equipment for beauty parlour, hair cutting salon, sewing machines etc among the disabled persons at an impressive ceremony which was chaired by the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) S.M. Muneer, LCCI Senior Vic President Mian Nauman Kabir, SAARC Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik, LABARD Joint Secretary Ahmer Malik, Naghmana Javed, Governing Body Members, Bilal Majeed and Umer Saeed of GIZ were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz paid rich tributes to LABARD office-bearers for spending their time and energies for this noble cause. He said that LABARD is a feather in LCCI cap and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would leave no stone unturned in ensuring proper assistance to the LABARD. He said that all the businessmen should at least accommodate one disabled person in his factory or office to curtail the miseries of the society.
Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that developed countries are giving special attention to the disabled persons. He said that not only buildings have special ramps but also facilities are being provided at all public places. He said that disabled persons in Pakistan are facing many difficulties due to lack of proper attention. He said that government should divert his attention towards the issue and ensure proper facilities at all building and public places.
The LCCI President said that disabled persons could play a special role for prosperity of the country as they have some special God gifted abilities. He said that there are many examples that disabled persons have done some excellent job so they should not leave the optimism and work with new zeal.
He said that in the developed world, the disabled persons are always given a special treatment, they are provided with every possible facility so that they could use their abilities for the well-being of society and now the situation in Pakistan was also taking a positive turn and a large number of disabled persons are running their own businesses with the help of LABARD.
LABARD Joint Secretary Ahmer Malik informed the participants that LABARD has also arranged jobs for these disabled persons with an objective to give them courage to stare in the eyes of physical disability they have been suffering with.
Ahmer Malik said that the Lahore Businessmen Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled (LABARD) has so far arranged jobs for hundreds of disabled persons and its state-of-the-art training centre in Lahore is imparting training to the disables in various faculties but arrangements would also be made for their placements in different organizations.
He said that at the LABARD, a number of services including medical assistance, counselling of mentally disabled persons, speech therapy, Qarz-e-Hasana and crutches, tricycles are being provided absolutely free of cost. The number of disabled persons who got themselves registered with the LABARD for availing these facilities is now in thousands.
LABARD Joint Secretary said that rehabilitation of disabled persons is a sacred job and everybody should come forward to play his role. He said that the LABARD was getting a very good response from the registration camps it was holding at Union council level.