Lahore, March 12, 2015 (PPI-OT): Special children are the future of Pakistan and we have to take care of them to ensure progress and prosperity of the country. This was crux of the speeches delivered at the LABARD Mela 2015 for Special Children here at the Jilani Park on Thursday.
Acting Governor Punjab Rana Muhammad Iqbal was the Chief Guest while LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz, LABARD President MNA Pervez Malik, LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Nauman Kabir, LABARD Senior Vice President Mian Nusratuddin, General Secretary Mohammad Saeed Khan, Joint Secretary Ahmer Malik, Finance Secretary Mohammad Abbas Khan, Secretary Information and Publication Ahmad Shafiq, Laila Nusratuddin, Naghmana Javed and members of the Governing Body spoke on the occasion.
The Lahore Businessmen Association for the Rehabilitation of Disabled (LABARD) Mela for the special children has become an annual cultural event of the City as is being participated by a large number of disabled persons who enjoy all the entertainments like other healthy members of the society.
As many as more than 5000 special children belonging to various institutions took part in different activities at the LABARD Mela. The basic aim of holding this mela is to give encouragement to the disabled persons and make them useful citizens of the society so that they could be able to play a positive role in their future life.
Speaking on the occasion, Acting Governor Punjab Rana Muhammad Iqbal said that bright future was the destiny of nations that look after the distressed segments of the society enabling them to play their part in economic building of the country. The Governor expressed pleasure that Lahore businessmen after fulfilling their social corporate responsibility by ensuring that all disabled children of the city are provided proper education and vocational training so that they could join the main stream economic activities.
Addressing the participants, the LABARD President Pervaiz Malik and LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that it is duty of every citizen to play his role for the betterment of the society. They said that over 10 per cent population of all the developing countries consists of disabled persons that needs to be taken care of by the rest of the 90 per cent in the larger interests of the whole society. They said that everyone should cooperate with organizations like LABARD as around 200,000 physically challenged people are waiting for help in the suburbs of Lahore.
While appreciating the LCCI role in making the event a big success, Pervaiz Malik said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was also extending every help to the Lahore Businessmen Association for the Rehabilitation of disabled persons as they are an important segment of the society and their active participation is necessary for country’s development.
Both the speakers said that there is a need to launch specific programs for training and education of disabled persons. President LABARD Pervaiz Malik MNA said that an uneducated and unskilled physically handicapped person becomes a burden on the society but the same person could become highly productive if he is provided education or trained in skills.
He said the poorer segments of the society cannot afford to send their physically disabled to schools and colleges because to high cost of daily transportation. He said LABARD brings all its 500 students in the school through dedicated school vans. “We train them in skill, encourage them to go for higher education and ensure their placement in respectable jobs” he added.
He said many girls that are severely affected by polio were encouraged to do MBA or even higher education. Their educational expenses and daily transportation arrangement were funded by LABRAD. Today many of them are serving in foreign banks in Pakistan at handsome salaries. The LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz suggested that the frequency of the LABARD Mela should be increases and should be arranged twice a year.
He said that the special persons possess God gifted qualities but we all should make collective efforts for enhancing their skills so that they could become useful members of the society. The LCCI President paid rich tributes to the organisers of the LABARD Mela and said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would continue to extend cooperation the LABARD for this noble cause.
Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that there was a provision in law that private sector and public sector will employ special persons by 1% and 2% respectively. LCCI will motivate its member companies to show greater compliance to this law and may refer interested members to contact Job Placement Cell of LABARD in order to have suitable candidates.
The physically disabled thoroughly enjoyed the festival as many games and cultural activities were arranged for them. Many of them performed at the stage as well. Each handicapped was given a present containing some gifts and eateries.
For more information, contact:
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan