Daikundi disabled persons demand access to rights
NEILI (Pajhwok): Some people with disabilities in central Daikundi province accuse local officials of negligence in providing them their allowances and privileges.
The physically challenged people accuse local officials of depriving them of their rights such as recruitment of qualified disabled persons to different positions, establishing capacity development centres for them, allotment of residential plots and apartments, allocation of seven percent scholarships for their children, free education and special discount in air and road fares.
Mohammad, a disabled in Neili, said people’s behvaiour towards disabled people had changed and they were disrespected.
He said local officials had many times promised people with disabilities access to their rights, but no practical steps had been taken so far in this regard.
“No official has so far paid attention to the problems of disabled people. We want their situation to be improved,” a member of the provincial council, Ghairat Jawahiri, said.
Ghulam Mohammad Farzam, the director of labour, social affairs, martyrs and disabled, acknowledged physically challenged people had been deprived of basic services.
He said some activities for the disabled depended on cooperation of other entities as the department of labour, social affairs alone could not do that.
“Up to 2,150 disabled and 1413 families of martyrs are registered with us and we have provided them financial support. We are trying to provide better services to them,” he said.
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