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President, PM call for welfare of people with disabilities

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the local and foreign organisations and the affluent section of society to come forward for the welfare of the people with disabilities.

In separate messages on the eve of the 18th National Day for Disabled and 25th International Day of persons with disabilities, they wished success of all programmers of the day.

On this occasion, they greeted all people with disabilities, their families and organizations working for them.

They described the theme of the day "Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want" as time-befitting.

In his message, President M Abdul Hamid said it is imperative to integrate people with disabilities with the mainstream of development to ensure their empowerment.

"People with disabilities are inseparable part of society. They would have to be developed as worthy citizens providing them with all facilities," the President said and appreciated various government programmes taken for their development.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said all sorts of physical and mental disabilities are part of the human diversity.

She said the present government implemented various programmes since 2009 to link the disabled people with the mainstream of the development.

Sheikh Hasina said "They (the persons with disability) are not burden of society. We are working relentlessly to make them as human resources through providing all necessary facilities, including education, healthcare and employment opportunities."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)