Our rights not given in-time, say disabled persons
LASHKARGAH/HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Physically challenged individuals in southern Helmand and western Herat provinces on Thursday said their rights were not delivered in-time, accusing the government of inefficiency.
Council of Disabled head for Helmand Fida Mohammad Sharafyar told a gathering marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities that the rights of disabled persons and families of martyrs were given to other people.
He alleged widespread corruption was being committed in giving rights to the disabled person and families of the disabled and martyrs were not allowed to meet high government officials about their problems.
Another disabled person, Nomani, told Pajhwok Afghan News physically challenged people had been promised plots as part of a residential scheme, but nothing happened.
“If the government does not give us our rights in-time, it should provide us vocational training,” he said.
Addressing the gathering, the provincial council security committee head, Bashir Ahmad Shakir, said a number of people received government privileges in the name of disabled persons.
“Due to this injustice which is ongoing, we instead of making development are going backward.”
But Helmand Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled department director Mohammad Nadir Watanwal said some individuals were creating problems for them in the delivery of services to the disabled persons. However, he did not name anyone.
He also said the Ministry of Defence was not paying in-time scholarships for the war disabled. “I have received 75 million afghanis during the entire year while the stipends of the war disabled amount to 100 million afghanis alone.”
However, he said needed measures would be taken soon with regard to giving rights to the disabled persons. Watandar warned if problems concerning their work were not resolved, he would resign.
Local officials say so far 700,000 disabled persons and families of martyrs have been registered in Helmand.
Elsewhere, disabled persons staged a protest demonstration in western Herat province, demanding their rights.
With their number reaching 250, the demonstrators chanted “Allah-o-Akbar” and “we want justice” after they gathered in front of the governor’s house.
One of the protestors, Qasim, told Pajhwok Afghan News the disabled persons were not given their stipends in-time and the government had proved to be inefficient in this regard.
He said a presidential decree had allotted three percent quota in each department for disabled persons, but the decree was yet to be implemented.
“We don’t have bread and living places, we are not receiving anything from the government. We want justice.
A female disabled person, Hoor Bibi, said they were protesting against the government’s inattention and to demand their rights.
She said the government should follow the law that called for timely distributing of stipends to the disabled and families of martyrs.
The governor’s spokesman, Ihsanullah Hayat, told Pajhwok Afghan News essential measures to address the concerns of the disabled persons and families of martyrs would be taken.
“Everything that is in our authority, we will do that and something beyond our authority will be discussed with the central government,” he said.
Provincial officials say about 700,000 disabled persons and families of martyrs exist in Herat province.
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