Nepal should focus its attention for economic progress: VP Pun

Kathmandu, March 9: Various speakers have laid emphasis on the need of bringing change in the outlook of society on persons with disabilities.

At a programme organised by the Independent Living Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Kathmandu, today, they stressed that physical infrastructures like road, buildings, public-purpose buildings, school, offices and vehicles should be disabled-friendly.Addressing the inaugural session of the Mega Campaign for Disabled People (Asia Try-2016), Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun said that we should respect those who became disabled in the armed conflict as well as in the Madhes and other movements in the country.

Vice-President Pun said that a new constitution incorporating federalism, secularism, equality and inclusion has been promulgated as the result of movement launched by the disabled people for their rights.

On the occasion, he also drew the attention of all including political parties and government for the implementation of the constitution and added that we should focus our attention for building a prosperous Nepal.

Acting Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prakash Wasti, said that persons with disabilities are not incapable from any perspective, saying there was no any discrimination between normal people and persons with disabilities in Nepal.

Similarly, Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Madhu Prasad Regmi, said that different arrangements like allowance to persons with disabilities, keeping helper in examinations, discount on income tax and transport fare have been made for the disabled people.

Chairman of the National Federation of Disabled Nepal, Sudarshan Subedi, said that bringing change in the attitude towards the disabled is very challenging.

A total of 250 people from Nepal, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam and Philippines are participating in the Mega campaign.