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Pakistan: Govt understands the rights of special people – President


Islamabad : President Asif Ali Zarda ri has said that the government is fully cognizant of its responsibility to launch welfare schemes for special people and protect their rights as consumers.

In a message on World Standards Day falling on October 14, he said, “the day is a reminder to all of us of the need to protect consumers’ rights and to devise institutional systems for protecting those rights.”

“It is reassuring that this year’s World Standards Day focuses on the need for adopting accessibility standards in buildings as well as in products and systems that addresses the needs of special people,” he added.

He underlined the need for developing user-friendly technologies and also for creating barrier free environment that facilitates special persons to lead normal lives and integrate them in the society.

“Elderly and infirm persons with no disability will also benefit from these products and technologies,” he added.

Zardari said a Special Cards Scheme for Special Persons has been launched to address their needs. In addition, NADRA has been tasked to conduct special disability survey in each district.

“Let us on this day renew our commitment and redouble our efforts to demolish the barriers that stand in the way of the integration of the naturally afflicted people in the mainstream,” he added.

He expressed pleasure that Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) is playing a proactive role to protect the consumers.

He said it is commendable that the organization has involved the civil society and the corporate sector to not only create awareness but also devise a joint strategy to meet the challenges of consumer protection especially for people with physical disabilities.

“I hope the World Standards Day will generate the needed awareness about the importance of adopting standards and devising quality control systems to protect the rights of people with special needs,” he added.