For the majority of us, living in impeccable wellbeing, contemplating the incapacitated does not frame a portion of our cognizance. The handicapped are regularly overlooked, dismissed or are maimed from society inside and out. This state of mind is disturbing particularly, while as indicated by neurological specialists, Pakistan has one of the biggest crippled populaces on the planet.
In fact, according to a recent statistic given by Prof. Muhammad Wasay, President of the Pakistan Society of Neurology, there are about, ‘two million physically or mentally handicapped children, who comprise 43% of the total disabled population of the country.’ Giving further statistics, Prof. Wasay narrates that nearly 5.903% of the population is disabled and unfortunately, that rate is increasing at a disturbing pace of 2.65% every year.
However, all is not lost as there are still organizations and institutes that care to serve the disabled. The Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPDP), in collaboration with Sindh Social Welfare Department made it possible for 200 disabled people to apply for Special Computerised National Identity Card (SNIC) on Thursday, at the NOWPDP office in Saddar.
Giving people with disabilities a special identity will ensure they receive their due rights and will also enable the government to recognize people with special needs and allocate a specific budget to fulfill these needs. Perhaps one of the most powerful benefits would be the chance to apply for jobs against the two percent quota provided.
In spite of the great expectations, the procedure of gaining the SNIC is troublesome and requires a long process. Candidates need to first get a work trade card, a medicinal evaluation and an incapacity authentication. Once got, these must be affirmed by the welfare division and after that candidates can continue forward to apply for the SNIC by means of NADRA. To guarantee that these methodology don’t hamper the enrollment process, NOWPDP welcomed concerned authorities from different divisions to take into account the procedure in their office. With this activity, uncommon individuals can now effortlessly get their personality cards without going through tedious methods.
We trust that in an ideal opportunity to come, the impaired in Pakistan might get more acknowledgment and that solid steps are taken to take into account their essential needs……
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