All social welfare centres and educational institutes for the physically and mentally challenged are set to come under one department — Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), The Express Tribune has learnt.
Following the 18th Amendment, it wasn’t clear which departments would control the capital’s health and educational bodies.
In a recent development, CADD forwarded a summary to the prime minister to take control of all social welfare centres for the physically challenged children. Following the approval of the summary, all these centres will be overseen by CADD.
The centres and institutes include the National Council of Social Welfare, National Commission for Child Welfare and Development, National Council for Rehabilitation for Disabled Persons and National Trust for Disabled.
An officer at the CADD said these bodies were working in isolation causing overlapping, duplication and wastage of resources with low output.
CADD Senior Joint Secretary Asghar Chaudhry said that this effort would pool resources and streamline the work. All the institutes have been directed to issue health certificates to the students, he added. “This certificate will help them get jobs in public sector organisations against a 2 per cent quota and benefit from government facilities such as subsidised travel on the national carrier.”
A director at Alfarabi Centre in Sector G-8/4 said it would improve coordination among various institutions.
Centres like National Special Education Centre for Visually Handicapped Children located in Sector G-7 and National Special Education Centre for Intellectually Challenged Children in Sector H-8 were struggling for better facilities. It is hoped that things will get better following this development, said Saad Hasnaat, a teacher at the H-8 centre.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 8th, 2014.