Business leaders have appreciated the role of non-governmental organisations working for the cause of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and called upon the employers to help such bodies by accommodating PWDs in their offices.
The discussions took place during an ‘Employer sensitization workshop on employability skills of PWDs’ held in collaboration with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), according to a press release issued on Monday.
Sialkot Chamber Senior Vice President Mian Mohammad Anwar, who was the chief guest for the event, assured full cooperation of the SCCI in supporting the cause and announced that a special committee will be formed to address the issues of persons with disabilities, including employment rights. He also announced a donation of Rs50,000 for the Livelihood Resource Centre-Sialkot.
Sharing his experience as an employer as well as the main sponsor offering premises for the organization, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Star Surgical Manufacturing Sikandar Hayat said that PWDs had proved to be more efficient, punctual and dedicated employees despite of their disabilities and were a source of inspiration for their non-PWD fellows.
He stressed employers to provide employment opportunities to persons with disabilities on an equal basis, which would help them stand financially on their own feet.
SCCI Senior Board Member, Pervez Ahmad Khan and Al-Nisa Foundation Chief Executive Officer Maryam Nauman lauded the services of LCDDP in economically empowering persons with disabilities.
The speakers highlighted the accessibility issues of persons with disabilities, with a special focus on infrastructure and transportation.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2014.
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