Govts’ apathy towards special persons’ rights invites court’s wrath

Friday, September 26th, 2014 1:15:01 by

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday once again directed federal and provincial authorities to file comprehensive reports on enforcement of special persons’ rights.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar expressed extreme displeasure over the lethargic attitude of relevant authorities towards special persons’ issues observing that the petition involving issues of special persons had been pending since 2012 but official respondents did not come up with proper response and appropriate reply.

The court ordered: “We, therefore, require all the respondents to file their comprehensive and detailed reports containing all relevant information along with entire record with a caution that in case they still showed irresponsible attitude and displayed apathy towards the issues of disabled persons, they shall be dealt with sternly.”

The court was hearing a petition filed by a group of special citizens seeking enforcement of Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance 1981. Amin Muhammad and others pleaded to the court to order all concerned authorities to implement the ordinance concerning employment of people with disabilities.

The petitioners submitted that on December 29, 1981, Disabled Persons (Employment & Rehabilitation) Ordinance in 1981 was promulgated for rehabilitation and welfare of disabled persons but the government had failed to enforce the right of disabled persons. They said it had been settled in the law that one per cent quota would be reserved for the disabled persons but the federal as well as provincial government was denying such right to them.

Hearing of the case adjourned till October 29.


Karachi News Sources

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