Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Social Welfare, Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao on Thursday urged the social organizations and philanthropists to come forward and extend helping hand to the government in rehabilitating, educating and training the disabled persons so that were turned into useful citizens of society and could play their positive role in the uplift and prosperity of the country.
Addressing a function held in connection with the International Day for Disabled Persons at Special Education Complex Hayatabad Peshawar, which besides others was also addressed by MPA Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani, Director Social Welfare Akbar Ali and Advisor on Disability Reforms to the Minister Social Welfare, Dr. Shiraz, the Senior Minister said that the disabled persons too were talented like the normal persons and they could play a vital role in the development of the society provided they were given equal opportunities of proper education and training.
The function besides the disabled children and their parents and government officers was also attended by Chairperson Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission for Women, Neelam Toru and Additional Secretary Social Welfare, Mukhtiar Ahmad.
Sikandar Sherpao said we feel that social welfare remained a neglected sector in the past but this would not continue further as we were giving top priority to the promotion of this vital sector to promote the cause the marginalized segment of the society. He said every effort is being made to rehabilitate and address the issue facing the disabled persons of the province.
ADP schemes with regard to the welfare of the persons with disabilities would no more remain only on papers rather they would be materialized on ground and for meeting this purpose I had directed the concerned authorities to ensure the timely completion such schemes without compromising on the standard of work, remarked the Senior Minister.
Sikandar Sherpao was informed on this occasion that round about one billion people across the globe were suffering from various disabilities while as many as 0.177 million children out of the total population of 17.7 million were suffering from disability in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province according to the 1998 senses, which might had increased further due to the increase in population.
He was further informed that as many as 39 schools were functioning in the 15 districts of the province wherein 3000 disabled children were getting education. Upgradation of the existing schools as well as their further extension was the need of the hour to enhance the infrastructure facilities by 200 percent and the ratio of enrollment of the special children by 250 percent.
Earlier, the disabled children presented various national songs and sketches which were highly appreciated by the audience. Later on, the Senior Minister distributed prizes among the special children.