Sindh Minister for Social Welfare, Shamim Mumtaz has said that Sindh government has raised employment quota for the disabled persons, which was introduced in 2014, from 2 percent to 5 percent whereas the minorities’ quota has also been enhanced to 5 percent and the job quota for women has been lifted to 15 percent which have been implemented in all Sindh Government Departments.
President KCCI Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Senior Vice President KCCI Asif Nisar, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Younus Soomro, Chairperson of KCCI’s Special Committee for Women Entrepreneurs Durre Shahwar Nisar and KCCI Managing Committee members were also present on the occasion.\The Minister said that under Social Welfare Department’s policy for employment of disabled persons, if any organization was unwilling to recruit disabled persons due to any reason, it has to submit minimum wage against such vacancies as per quota to the Funds established at the Social Welfare Department which were being utilized on numerous development projects for disabled persons in all parts of Sindh.
She informed that the Social Welfare Department was planning to construct a dedicated village for disabled persons and homeless children where food and shelter along with training will be provided whereas construction of a Shelter home was currently underway which will be completed by 2017.
Earlier, President KCCI Shamim Ahmed Firpo, in his remarks, underscored the need to effectively implement the policies being introduced for the welfare of disabled persons in letter and spirit. He informed that Karachi Chamber has provided jobs to such disabled people who were successfully discharging their duties for the Chamber whereas many of local companies, who also happen to be KCCI members, have provided jobs to special persons in their organizations.
He underscored the need to exhibit will for the welfare of disabled person who were also an integral part of the society. “We all must join hands with Social Welfare Department in order to create a better society, particularly for the special persons who must be given their due share”, he added. Referring to numerous initiatives taken by some of the developed countries around the world for special children, Shamim Firpo stated that these special children, despite being physically or mentally retarded, have been living a normal and independent life because of special attention and absolute training provided to them but unfortunately, in Pakistan, such children have to depend on others due to lack of proper training which has to be focused by the Social Welfare Department.