Speakers at a programme underscored the need for integration of disabled people into mainstream society.
They also called for ensuring their employment and protecting their rights.They came up with the statements at a discussion meeting styled “Inclusion of physically and mentally people into mainstream of society: Corporate Social Responsibility” organised by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at its Karwan Bazar office in the city on Saturday.
The participants of the event said that about 10 percent of total population of the country are physically and mentally disabled meaning around 1.50 crore people are handicapped. Physically and mentally challenged persons are not responsible for their disability and they are not burden on society, they said.
They said persons with disabilities should not be left behind for sustainable development. “We have to include them into the mainstream society. The government alone cannot do everything. All have to come forward in this regard.
“Private sector has also responsibility like providing them (the disabled) with job, improving working environment for them and meeting their demands,” they said.
National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Office Nazibur Rahman and Secretary of Social Welfare Ministry Zillar Rahman spoke, among others. Representatives of non-government organisations were also present.
Earlier, a photo gallery was unveiled. A cultural programme was also held on the occasion.