State to take care of them in absence of their parents

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina among autistic children at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would make "permanent arrangements" like founding a trust fund for the children with disabilities so that they do not remain neglected in absence of their parents.
"It's a responsibility of the state to take care of the children with disabilities in absence of their parents ... We are going to take such an initiative so that they can grow up in a beautiful environment," she told a programme on the occasion of the 9th World Autism Awareness Day.
The social welfare, the health and the education ministries jointly organised the function at the city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
A mother struggles and suffers mostly throughout her life for her disabled kids, said the PM. "It is mainly the mother who looks after children ... but what would happen and where would these children go when their parents won't be there?"
Keeping this in mind, the government is making permanent arrangements for the children with disabilities, she noted.
"If any government in Bangladesh takes an initiative, it is stopped or destroyed with the change of governments," Hasina said, referring to the closure of community clinics by the previous BNP-Jamaat government.
The premier called upon the private sector entrepreneurs to come forward to supplement government efforts for the welfare of the people with special needs.
She asked the authorities concerned to develop software, hardware and websites to suit the needs of the people with disabilities.
Hasina also put emphasis on providing special care to the children with autism and related disorders. The children with autism could be turned into a “valuable asset” if they were given special care, she noted.
People with disabilities have brought success for the country in various fields, mentioned the PM. "The specially-abled players have brightened the country's image by winning gold medals in Paralympics and Special Olympics."

source : the daily star

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