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AFP
February 6, 2011
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JI senators submit amends in social welfare bill for disabled

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AFP
February 6, 2011

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Islamabad
Jamaat-e-Islami senators Professor Khurshid Ahmed, Professor Muhammad Ibrahim Khan and Afya Zia have submitted amendment bill in the senate for the welfare of persons with disabilities.
The objects of submitting amendments to the original bill passed in 1981 are to introduce a practical approach through proposed system at district, tehsil and union council level for the welfare of the persons with disabilities in every sphere of life.
It is said in the bill that the last 30 years, neither in the National Assembly nor in the Senate any improved and comprehensive legislation has been so far introduced. The bill says that there were almost daily reports telecast on TV channels and published in print media regarding grievances of the persons with disabilities.
This bill proposes that a new Section 2A shall be inserted after Section 2 of the Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance XL of 1981, where 14 facilities are to be provided on top priority basis by the government, according to which: The government must ensure quota of 2% for persons with disabilities in the federal, provincial and districts departments.
In case of any institution or department ignores the quota of 2% for person with disabilities while giving advertisement for employment then a serious action is taken against them.
Full concession, in admission fee and relief of 75% in tuition fee in the government educational institutions and 50% in private educational institutions and other financial assistance required by needy persons with disabilities and seats will be reserved in every stage of education, is demanded in the bill.
Federal, provincial, district, tehsil and union council will make it convenience to provide special CNIC at home to persons with disabilities. The government shall ensure to provide 50% concession to the persons with disabilities in PIA, the railways as well as public and private transport fares.
The government shall give full

relief for persons with disabilities on import of vehicles and other items relating to disabilities. The government shall provide free treatment to the persons with disabilities in federal, provincial, district headquarter, social security hospitals, dispensaries and only 60% charges taken in the private hospitals.
The federal government shall provide special discount of 30% to the persons with disabilities in utility stores. It is also proposed to ensure provision of wheel chairs on demand from persons with disabilities at airports, parks, railway stations and other public places.
Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal and Zakat and Ushr departments will be bound to provide help on monthly basis to the needy persons with disabilities. Furthermore, a sum of Rs100,000 is proposed to be given on the marriage of children of the persons with disabilities.
The bill demands interest free loans upto Rs50,000 to be provided by Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal for setting up small businesses to the persons with disabilities.
It is demanded that the Federal government shall also ensure provision of easy access to all public and private facilities for persons with disabilities. The bill also seeks full Access to knowledge through information technology with the help of adoptive softwares & hardwares which have become common facilities for Visually impaired, deaf & physically handicapped persons.
While recruiting on posts such like tube-well operator etc., complaint offices of utility departments: gas, electricity, and water authority at the union council level, it is proposed that the government shall prefer the appointments of persons with disabilities according to their qualification and condition to handle the job.
All the persons with disabilities working on contractual basis in any government, semi-government or in private institution, company are proposed to make permanent within the time of 6 months from the passing of the bill.
It is further proposed that the district, tehsil and local councils shall be established and proposed amendment that gives detail functions of the said councils. The reason of proposing such amendment was to make government responsible through councils at district, tehsil and union council level. Function of the councils are as followings; Evaluate, assess and co-ordinate the execution of federal and provincial policy at District level and have responsibility for the achievement of the purposes of this law.
Coordinating the survey of the persons with disabilities. Arranging, coordinating the medical examination, treatment of the persons with disabilities.

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