Ministry of Human Rights decides to take matter of 2pc job quota for persons with disabilities in cabinet
ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Human Rights in the meeting of council on rights of differently-abled people decided to take up the matter of ensuring a 2% quota of jobs for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the cabinet so the Prime Minister can issue directives to all departments.
A statement released by the ministry said that Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari chaired the second meeting of the Council on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The council comprises members of the National Assembly, Senate, members from the Ministry of Information, Finance, Education, and PASS; Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA); Executive Director National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (NIRM); and three PWDs. The Council has been constituted under the ICT Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2020, which was promulgated in September 2020.The first meeting was held February 2021.
The second meeting of the Council on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held to discuss making Islamabad a friendly city for persons with disabilities and ensuring a 2% quota of jobs for persons with disabilities in federal ministries/divisions. It was decided in the meeting that the Ministry of Human Rights will take up the matter of ensuring a 2% quota of jobs for persons with disabilities in the cabinet so the Prime Minister can issue directives to all departments. Moreover, the Federal Secretary for Human Rights will approach its counterparts to take necessary actions for ensuring a 2% quota for persons with disabilities in jobs. The secretaries of ministries will be called in the council meeting who do not comply with it.
The representative of the Capital Development Authority briefed the participants that CDA has taken initiatives to make Islamabad a friendly city for persons with disabilities. They have already started to make ramps at 40 different places of ICT with signs. The Council proposed to the Capital Development Authority to ensure these are introduced according to international standards.
It was also decided that the council will take up the matter of fee exemption in educational institutions of Islamabad Capital Territory with the Ministry of Education and issue of persons with disabilities to travel alone in private airlines with the Ministry of Aviation.
The Managing Director Bait-ul-Mal Mr. Zaheer Abbas Khokhar said that Bait-ul-Mal has capacity to conduct a survey on persons with disabilities. It can be started with Islamabad Capital Territory as a pilot project.
Director General Human Rights Muhammad Arshad briefed the participants that Ministry of Human Rights prepared a public service message for mass awareness on rights of persons with disabilities which was disseminated through social and digital media platforms of Ministry of Human Rights and electronic channels through 10% quota of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for public service messages.
Source: The Nation