President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday urged businessmen and industrialists to take steps for the financial empowerment of persons with disabilities by employing them in their respective entities.
He said that the special persons formed 12 to 14 per cent population of the country and needed to be uplifted financially by providing them jobs and equipping them with marketable skills with the special cooperation of the business community.
The president expressed these views while talking to a delegation of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here at the President House. The delegation briefed President Alvi about the export potential of SCCI and its contributions to the socio-economic development of the country. SCCI chief Qaiser Iqbal Baryar apprised the president of certain problems being faced by the business community of Sialkot.
President Dr Alvi assured the delegation to help address the issues being faced by SCCI.
Talking to the delegation, he highlighted that the government was focusing on the empowerment and financial inclusion of youth, women and special disabled persons. He mentioned that the government had allocated Rs100 billion under the Kamyab Jawan Programme to help them establish their own businesses.
He regretted that, due to lack of awareness, people could not take full benefit of the loans being offered by the government and emphasised the need to facilitate and guide them to avail loans.
A delegation comprising women representatives from Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Attock chambers of commerce and industries also called on the president and discussed measures to raise awareness among people about breast cancer in October. The delegation offered its cooperation in raising awareness about breast cancer with the support of NGOs, women universities, colleges and other concerned organizations.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2021.
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