Published:  12:24 AM, 10 October 2019

'Disabled people denied their rights'

'Disabled people denied their rights' Speakers address a press conference on Wednesday at the National Press Club marking the 6th anniversary of 'The Disability Rights and Protection Act -2013." -AA

Noted rights activist and former adviser to the caretaker government Advocate Sultana Kamal has said people with disabilities in the country are being denied of their rights.

She came up with the remark while addressing a press conference organized by the National Council for Disabled Women at the National Press Club on Wednesday marking the 6th anniversary of 'The Disability Rights and Protection Act -2013." Sultana Kamal said, "It is surprising a disabled person is provided with a stipend of Tk 700 which is quite insufficient to maintain their living."

Officials who get their salaries from the tax money given by common people, are neglectful of implementing the act, she further said.

Nasimun Ara Hoq Minu, president of Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra and representatives of disabled persons were present on the occasion.  Speakers at the press conference blamed the lack of sincerity of the people concerned, who are assigned to enforce the act.

They also called upon the government to take necessary measures for proper implementation of the act and allocate adequate money in the budget for the welfare of disabled people. The Awami League led government passed "The Disability Right and Protection Act-2013" on October 9, 2013 with a view to preserving the rights of disabled people.

---Hasib Abedin, AA

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