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Call to recruit persons with disabilities as per their skills

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Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) on Sunday urged the public and private employers to recruit physically challenged persons as per their skills to help achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
"Around 15 percent of our total populace is disabled. We cannot even dream to achieve our national development goals without improvement of this 15 percent of our total population," DRPI Country Coordinator Dr Ferdousi Begum told a "Meet the Press" at Jatiya Press Club VIP lounge.
DRPI organized the press conference to inform about their activities in Bangladesh and their future responsibilities.
DRPI Project Chief Investigator and Professor of York University of Canada Dr Marcia H Rioux and Bangladesh Protibandhi Kalyan Somity (BPKS) Executive Director Abdus Sattar, also addressed the press conference.
Ferdousi Begum said that the persons with disability have right to work and they can be a very valuable asset to the labour force.
She called for engaging more persons with disabilities with the mainstream workforce so that they can contribute to the economy and their rights can be ensured.
Bangladesh government has quota for persons with disabilities for getting government jobs but due to information gap, right candidate always seems to miss the opportunity, she added.
Dr Marcia urged the public and private organisations to employ persons with disability for not showing mercy rather considering their skills and competency.
Abdus Sattar stressed the need for making infrastructural change to ensure congenial environment for persons with disability.

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