ISLAMABAD: Prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that it is the constitutional obligation of the government to provide standardized accessibility opportunities for disabled persons
“I extend my felicitation to Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) for commemorating the World Standards Day with special focus on adopting accessibility standards in buildings, products, technologies and systems that are accessible for persons with special needs,” the prime minister said in his message Wednesday.
He said it was the constitutional obligation of the government of Pakistan to provide standardized accessibility opportunities for disabled persons. He said in future relevant legislation will be passed by the government to make all its buildings and schools accessible to the disabled and the buildings already constructed should also be made accessible.
The harmonized implementation of international accessibility standards on public and private multi storey buildings, transport, education, IT etc can bring disable people into mainstream. Government stands to support all positive initiatives in this regard. The corporate sector in more advanced countries has come to recognize that its existence growth and profitability depend largely on the consumers and their needs. The ever increasing emphasis on corporate social responsibility that has been formalized through ISO Guidance of SR (ISO-26000) and consumer rights are the outcome of this recognition.
So critical have these considerations become that the companies now have to stress on the strength of their performance in corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Government believes in fair competition and fair play in the market. The passage of Law for Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) is a clear step in this direction.
Failure of the market forces and lack of competition gives rise to the issue of cartelization and exploitation of the consumers including the handicapped. However, the government is committed to address the problem in its true prospective.-SANA