Lahore: Member National Assembly, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has said that special persons have more right than others over the resources of the province. He said that special quota will be reserved for the special children in the next programme of laptop distribution. The employees of Special Education Department will soon listen to good news of substantial increase in their salaries, he added.
He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held regarding International Day of Special Persons at Alhamra Hall, here today. Special Education Department had arranged this ceremony with the cooperation of UNESCO which was attended by Advisor to CM on Special Education, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Provincial Ministers, Ch. Abdul Ghafoor, Muhammad Iqbal Channar, Dr. Amjad Saqib, Secretary Special Education Abdullah Khan Sumbal, representative of UNESCO Arshad Saeed, Members National and Provincial Assembly, special children and their teachers and parents in large numbers. The special children presented skits, tableau shows and national songs which was liked greatly by the audience.
Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said that special persons are the collective responsibility of our society and the government. He said Punjab government is utilizing all the resources for removing deprivations of this segment and their rehabilitation. He said that every person should spare some time for special persons as participation in the race for life is equal right of all. He said that the parents and teachers performing the difficult duty of looking after, education and training of special children are also very special persons and they should be respected.
Hamza Shahbaz said that our children are talented and recently they surprised all by setting eleven new world records. He said that sports and rehab center would be set up for the special children and the special places for special children in Bagh-e-Jinnah and Jillani Park would soon be completed. He said that the decision of increasing employment quota of special persons from 2% to 3% will be implemented during the current month. He said that he will personally give laptops to five students of inclusive education at Faisalabad.
Hamza Shahbaz Sharif also distributed wheel chairs and other helpful devices among special persons in the ceremony.