The 31st International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the National Day of Persons with Disabilities - 2022 were observed in the country as elsewhere in the globe on Saturday in a befitting manner through various programmes.
The theme for this year is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.”
Marking the day, the Ministry of Social Welfare has taken various programmes.
A discussion meeting, wheelchair distribution and cultural programmes were held at the Bhola Children’s Disabilities Center on Saturday at the initiative of the District Administration and Social Services Department.
Deputy Director of Local Government Department Bivek Sarkar was present as the chief guest with Assistant Director of the District Social Services Department Kazi Golam Kabir in the chair.
The speakers said that the persons with disabilities would have to be developed as worthy citizens of the country through providing them with all facilities including healthcare, education and employment.
Additional Superintendent of Police Md Asaduzzaman, Sadar Upazila Parishad Vice-Chairman Md Yunus and freedom fighter Anwar Hossain, among others, spoke at the event.
According to the latest information from the disability survey of the Department of Social Services (DSS), a total of 2,943,834 people suffering from various types of disabilities in the country. Among them 1,798,200 male, 1,142,867 female and 2,767 transgender people.
Although the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics said that the total number of persons with disabilities in the country is 23,61,604 people. Which is 1.43 percent of the total population. Among them 13,34,105 men and 1,27,499 women. 1.63 percent of the total persons with disabilities are male and 1.23 percent are female.
The difference in the total number of persons with disability is 5,82,230 between the two agencies’ survey. The actual number of persons with disabilities is a lot more, experts say.
Marking the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages, greeting all people with disabilities, their families and organisations working for them.
The President said people with disabilities are inseparable part of the society.
He underscored the need for providing proper care and training to the people with disabilities so that they could contribute to the overall development of the country.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ensured the equal rights of the all citizens, including the people with disabilities, in the Article 19 (1) of the Constitution.
She said the present Awami League-led government has taken various measures, including formulating different policies to ensure the welfare of the people with disabilities.
Noting that the government is giving regular allowances to the people with disabilities, arranging their education and treatment facilities, Sheikh Hasina urged the people from all walks of life, including all concerned voluntary organisations and local and foreign organisations to work together along with the government for the overall development of the people with disabilities across the country.