Civil society demands facilities for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, December 24 2015

QUETTA, PAKISTAN: Organisers of Civil Society of Balochistan have demanded better facilities for persons with disabilities in Balochistan.

December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities and it will mark the occasion as a starting point to lobby for the rights of disabled people in Balochistan, an organiser of the society, Sami Zarkoon said.

According to data provided by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) only 3,533 disabled people have CNICs in Balochistan, Zarkoon told.

Lack of CNIC means exclusion from all state-sponsored social and financial benefits, he said.

Another major problem of disabled people is entry in government buildings and educational institutions.

“We demand that persons with disabilities friendly entry systems should be established in all buildings so that they are not discriminated in anyway,” Zarkoon said.

All the benefits that a disabled person can get by law can only be availed after getting proof of disability from the district administration. The civil society members have condemned the slow process in granting proof of disability and called upon the government to remove bureaucratic red-tape from the process and make life easy for persons with disabilities.

Zarkoon also urged all universities in Balochistan to guarantee hostel accommodations to all disabled people upon admission without any conditions.

Civil Society Balochistan also appreciated the efforts of Quetta Online group of volunteers.

Source: The Express Tribune

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