“The disabled should be trained as per the requirements of the workplace. Those who will employ the physically challenged will also receive assistance,” said Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar.
“As a government employee, I can say that there have been a lot of changes in people’s mindset towards employing the physically challenged.”
He spoke at a roundtable on creating a disabled-friendly workplace at garment factories, at the office of the daily Prothom Alo in Dhaka.
The vernacular daily organised the seminar in association with the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) and Germany’s agency for international cooperation GIZ.
According to the World Disability Report, published by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in 2011, about twenty million people in Bangladesh are living with a disability.
If the rights of the physically challenged are not respected, additional taxes against the companies have to be imposed as punishment, said Nafisur Rahman, director of the National Forum of Organisations Working with the Disabled. CDD Executive Director AHM Noman Khan said about 50 lakh physically challenged people can be turned into a workforce.