International Day of Persons with Disabilities today
Published: 11:03 AM, 3 December 2020
International Day of Persons with Disabilities today; File Photo
The 29th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and 22nd National Disabled Day-2020 are being observed in the country today as elsewhere in the world with a call to work together for protecting the rights of the people with differently able, including their adequate facilities.
This year’s theme of the day is — “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World”
On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, urging local and foreign organizations and the affluent section of society to extend their helping hands for the welfare of the people with disabilities.
They wished success of the day’s programmes and greeted all people with disabilities, their families and organizations working for them.
Hamid appreciated the theme of the day, “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-Covid-19 world”, saying it is important against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President said it is imperative to integrate people with disabilities with the mainstream of development to ensure their empowerment.
“People with disabilities are an inseparable part of our society. They would have to be developed as worthy citizens by providing them with all facilities, including treatment, education and training,” he said and appreciated various government programmes taken for their development.
He said the rate of COVID-19 infection is comparatively low in Bangladesh because of the government’s timely measures against the spread of this deadly virus. He urged all to maintain health protocol, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance to check COVID-19 spread.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, people with the disability are not the burden, rather they are the asset of the society.
The government is committed to building a prosperous and happy nation by involving the people with disabilities in various development activities, she said, adding that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman included measures in the Constitution to ensure equal rights of all citizens of the including those with disabilities.
“We have already enacted Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act-2013, Neuro-Developmental Disability Protection Trust Act, 2013 and established service centers to support the disabled person in our country,” she added.
The Premier urged all to work relentlessly to build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation. – BSS