The NHRC chief urges the authorities concerned not to approve the construction of a building if the owner fails to provide a disability audit report
Aiming to facilitate smooth access of the differently abled to the much-hyped under-construction Metro Rail, buildings and websites, Brac has signed an agreement with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
NHRC Secretary Hiranmaya Barai and Brac Executive Director Muhammad Musa signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of their organizations at the Brac Centre Inn in Dhaka on Sunday.
Under the agreement, the NGO will initiate an advocacy program for two years.
NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque said the Metro Rail project had taken into account the problems faced by the differently abled group, which is also a part of ensuring human rights.
Stating that the majority of the society is indifferent to the community, he said: “The government, NGOs and citizens have to work together to sort out the hurdles.”
The NHRC chief also urged the authorities concerned not to approve the construction of a building if the owner fails to provide a disability audit report.
He said: “There are many laws to benefit the differently abled, but none are properly implemented.”
He was also of the opinion that the overall development in the country will not be satisfactory if the differently abled community falls behind.
“We may even fail to reach the sustainable development goals (SDGs), set for 2030, if that section of the society remains underprivileged,” he said, hoping that
the Metro Rail project authorities will employ members of the community, streamlining them.
MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL), which is responsible for the Metro Rail’s construction, said they would examine suggestions placed by different experts and particularly, the organizations catering to the needs of differently abled passengers.
He said, the Metro Rail will have state-of-the-art facilities designed for the differently abled.
“We will be unveiling a replica of the train in four months so that members of the community and other important stakeholders can detect any loopholes.”
KM Abdur Salam, director general of NGO Affairs Bureau under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and Australian Deputy High Commissioner Penny Morton addressed the event, among others.