Lahore—Punjab government is taking all out steps for providing genuine rights to the visually impaired persons. Out of three percent quota allocated for handicapped persons, one percent is being reserved for blind persons. Besides enforcement of quota system in semi-government and private departments after government institutions, provision of free training and financial assistance in the shape of interest-free loans is being ensured for them for starting their own business for achieving self-reliance.
This was stated by DG Social Welfare Punjab Waheed Akhtar Ansari while addressing a special function of distribution of white canes among the blind persons at Social Welfare Complex, on the occasion of World Cane Day. He said that white cane is a sign of freedom and autonomy of visually impaired persons and with its help, they can travel like normal persons.
He said observing White Cane Day at international level is acknowledgment to the fact that blind persons are also an important part of the society like normal and healthy persons. Waheed Akhtar Ansari said that such parents who deprive handicapped children of education commit cruelty to the children in the real sense.
He said it is necessary for making such parents understand that education of special children is necessary than that of healthy children as physical impairedness can be removed with the help of artificial limbs and other aiding equipments but there is no solution to the disability caused due to ignorance. DG Social Welfare informed the participants that Punjab government has taken the responsibility of promotion of education among deserving handicapped persons by bearing their educational expenditures.
He said that special relaxation in age has been given to them for their enrollment in educational institutions and transport benefits. He distributed white canes among more one hundred deserving persons on behalf of Social Welfare Department. Secretary Punjab Welfare Services Board and President Pakistan Blind Association were also present on the occasion. Office-bearers of Pakistan Blind Association expressed satisfaction over government measures for blind persons and thanked DG Social Welfare on holding the ceremony.