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Federation Praises Government

The Fiji Disabled People’s Federation (FDPF) has commended the commitment of the Bainimarama-led Government to recognise persons living with disabilities. Federation president Rakesh Chand said the ratification of Convention on
11 Apr 2015 11:00
Federation Praises Government
Federation president Rakesh Chand (left), with Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar. Photo: Deptfo News

The Fiji Disabled People’s Federation (FDPF) has commended the commitment of the Bainimarama-led Government to recognise persons living with disabilities.

Federation president Rakesh Chand said the ratification of Convention on the Rights of Persons Living with Disabilities (CRPD) and Fiji’s National Disability Decree would boost the socio-economic opportunities for persons living with disabilities.

Mr Chand has welcomed the recent commitment made by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Allevation to increase the budget allocation for disability programmes in Fiji.

“The Bainimarama Government’s commitment to ensure inclusivity for persons living with disabilities is evident in the new Constitution which enshrines the central principle of common and equal citizenry.  As outlined in Section 42 (1) (a), A person with any disability has the right to reasonable access to all places, public transport and information,” Mr Chand said.

“During the Federation’s recent discussions with minister Rosy Akbar, it’s encouraging to hear that she will push for an increase in next year’s budget to advance the rights of persons living with disabilities.

“We are also grateful to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for advocating inclusivity and empowerment of persons living with disabilities. As a leader of this nation, he ensures that everyone is given equal opportunities to progress in their lives and that those who have disabilities are not left behind.

“People with disability have great abilities to positively change their lives and those around them. The Federation, through its partnership with the Ministry, will work towards removing the stigma and discriminatory practices against persons living with disabilities,” Mr Chand said.

Ms Akbar said her ministry would take appropriate measures to empower women and men living with disabilities.

The Ministry also provides financial assistance to Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons in providing training opportunities, particularly in areas of technical, vocational skills, sewing and income generating programs.

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