Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday (Dec.5) renewed her government’s determination to build a disparity-less society and urged the people to discard their “negative mindset” about the persons with disabilities.
Sheikh Hasina added: “We’ve to change our negative outlook about the persons with disabilities.”
The Prime Minister said this while addressing as the chief guest the inaugural function of the 28th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the 21st National Day of Persons with Disabilities-2019 at Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation at Mirpur in the capital this morning.
Through the function, jointly organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation, she opened the newly-constructed Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Complex – named ‘Suborno Bhaban’.
The Premier said her government wants to establish a disparity-less society in the country by fulfilling all basic needs for all.
Mentioning that autism or disability is not a disease or sickness, Sheikh Hasina said her government is making strides so that those suffering from autism and disabilities can live together with the mainstream people of the society.
“We know that it’s a huge painful matter for the parents whose children are suffering from such disabilities and we’ve taken various initiatives and program to remove their these miseries,” she said.
Highlighting the country’s tremendous socioeconomic development, the premier said her government gives importance to the disabled people in this uplift.
“We want the country’s development and we give importance to the persons with disabilities so that that they don’t remain behind this uplift,” she added.
Elaborating her government’s various steps for the welfare of the persons with disabilities, the prime minister said the Awami League government, after assuming office in 1996, established the Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation in 1999. The function was presided over by Social Welfare minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed.