Visit of the PDF Delegation to Islamabad & Meetings with the High Level Authorities.
A delegation comprising of Chairman PDF Mr. Shahid Ahmed Memon and Vice Chairperson Miss. Shakila Yasmin visited Islamabad on 12th and 13th October 2017 prior to 2nd National Conference of IT for PWDs. On 12th morning delegation met with the Chief of the statistical Bureau Mr. Asif Bajwa who was kind enough to explained the whole situation due to which the inclusion of data of the disabled persons was not taken place. However, he assures that in line with the 1998s survey/census, the work has already been started to design Performa for collection of data of the PWD’s on scientific line to avoid the misleading and misinterpretation towards the recognition of disability. On the same afternoon delegation had a meeting with Director General NADRA Brig. Nisar regarding the legal protection with certain instruction extended facilities like non observance of queue at the service counter of NADRA and relaxation from the identity card fee.
The most important issue was to ensure the separate identification of each category like blind and hearing impaired etc. Which will be dully consider once again by the NADRA authorities.
On 14th and 15th 2017, there was two days Second IT conference on the occasion of White Cane Safety Day the International of the Blind to grace the observance of Two Decades performance of PDF, as per enclose program and followed by short report.
On 12th afternoon of October the PDF delegations met with the Chairman FBR Mr. Tariq Pasha who was kind enough to listen all the related issues mainly consideration of summary regarding facilitation to avail the facility of duty free car, the request of facilitation to acquire exemption under different heads and inclusion of PDF in the list of permanently extended PDF exemption. It is nice that Chairman including member Income Tax were of the opinion to extend maximum possible facilitation to the organization of the disabled persons like PDF. Finally, PDF delegation had a meeting with the hotel administration to finalize the arrangement of Two days national conference of 14th and 15th October 2017.
On his way back to Karachi Chairman Mr. Memon grace the program of White Cane Safety Day as the Chief Guest of the program arranged by the Pakistan Association of the Blind Faisalabad at Al-Faisal Markaz for the Blind Faisalabad. During his expression he highlighted and appreciated the efforts and contribution of the PAB Faisalabad and announce the donation of White Canes together with education and training equipment’s on worth PKR 25,000/- and 40 sticks donated by PDF.