Saima Wazed brings disabled people from darkness to light: Hasan

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Dhaka, Dec 19: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said different programmes has been taken for the persons with disabilities in the country by the prime minister’s worthwhile daughter Saima Wazed.

“Once, people with disabilities used to be hidden. But, now parents are thinking of educating about their disabled children to make them self-reliant. Now, they (disabled people) are getting allowances in different sectors, getting rewards and they are coming from darkness to light,” he said.

The minister stated this while addressing a function on ‘Persons with Disability in Agriculture, Research Finding Dissemination and Journalist Award’ at the auditorium of Krishibid Institution

Bangladesh (KIB) in the capital.

The Leprosy Mission, ICCO Cooperation, NORC and Bangladesh Krishak League jointly organized the function.

Congratulating the persons with disabilities, Hasan said it will be an example as they are keeping role in agriculture sector after winning their physical obligations. “Besides, I would like to congratulate the journalists who made reports on them and who accorded the reception for honoring journalists,” he added.

The minister said population has been increased for 2.5 times during the last five decades and the agricultural land has been decreased by 2 lakh acres in every year. But the agricultural production has been increased for the time-befitting steps of the present government, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

He put emphasis on agricultural land, on urban agriculture and rooftop agriculture so that agricultural land is not wasted.

Krishak League President Agriculturalist Shamir Chanda, General Secretary Advocate Umme Kulsum Smrity, MP, In-Charge of Field Services Wing of Department of Agricultural Extension Mahfuz Hossain Mirdha, Country Director of the Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh Salomon Sumon Halder and Head of Programmes of country office Bangladesh of ICCO Cooperation Abul Kalam Azad, among others, addressed the function as special guests.

Referring to a research conducted recently, the speakers said that 86 percent people with disabilities and the people infected by leprosy are engaged in agriculture sector and income of 88 percent people with disabilities has been decreased during the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Besides, 22 percent persons with disabilities have married off their daughters for reducing their family expenses, they added.

Later, the information minister handed over awards to journalists.

They are MH Rabin of the daily Amader Somoy, Md Abdullha Al Mamun of Desh Rupantar, Nizamul Haque Bipul of Bangladesh Pratidin, Sheikh Mahtab Hossain of Bhorer Kagoj, Mir Khairul Alam of Bijoy Bangladesh and freelancer Ratan Malo from print media, Hasnat Rabbi of

Channel-24, Afrin Jahan of BTV, Tahsina Sadiq of DVC television, Ramiz Ahsan of Jamuna television and Ferdows Arefin of GTV.