'Rather than looking at the differently-abled people'squota with pity, it is necessary to perceive it as their right'
Emphasizing the necessity of the quota system for differently-abled people, former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan has said quota should be kept for them temporarily by necessary rules as it is not a perpetual system.
Even before the cancellation of quota, the 1% quota for differently-abled people was not properly fulfilled.
In case of their employment, it should be made in public and private sectors considering their physical fitness, appropriate work environment and favorable infrastructures.
According to a press release issued on Friday, Dr Akbar Ali Khan made the statement in a debate competition participated by visually-impaired students and jointly arranged by Nagorik Platform Bangladesh and Debate for Democracy to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Khan also said: "Rather than looking at the differently-abled people'squota with pity, it is necessary to perceive it as their right.
"We should consider their employment not only in public sector but in the private sector as well."
The debate was presided over by Debate for Democracy Chairman Hassan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron.
Among others Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya,Shujan Editor Dr Badiul Alam Majumdar and Executive Director of Organization of the Development of Villages Masuda Faruq Ratna spoke on the occasion.
The judges of the competition were development communication expert Dr SM Morshed, Journalist Jhumur Bari and Professor Dr Md Shah Alam Chowdhury.
CPD Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya said: "Quota is required for the job.However, as well as reserving the quotas for the differently-abled people, the society also needs to be friendly towards them."
Chairman Hassan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron said: "Even though we sympathize greatly with the differently-abled people, reality is very different. Allocation of 3%-5% quota for them in the public service, at least 2 reserved seats in the National Parliament, increase in allowance, additional time in competitive examinations, increase inage for job applications, and creating necessary employment is required along with ensuring all their rights.
Demanding restoration of quota for differently-abled people in government service, Hassan said citizens still donot have a positive social perspective or awareness about these people. Therefore, they need to be provided with special privileges.
Visually impaired students from Dhaka University and Eden Mohila College participated in the competition. After the competition, the participants were awarded with crests and certificates.
CPD Research DirectorDr Khondaker Golam Moazzem, DirectorAnisatul Fatema Yousuf, Joint Director Avra Bhattacharjee and NDF Chairman Tajul Islam Chowdhury Tuhin were present.