Dhaka, May 20 (UNB)- Job Seeking Blind Graduates Association on Monday urged the government to remove barriers and ensure better facilities for the visually-impaired community of the country.
Additionally they demanded special recruitment for blind graduates in all types of jobs, which sounds like a quota.
They made the call at a discussion on removing obstacles to joining work for the visually impaired at Jatiya Press Club.
Representing the graduates, association convener Md Ali Ahsan said, “We (the vision impaired community) face more adversaries than a physically sound candidate in the race for jobs.”
He mentioned that even competent college graduates are left jobless simply for being visually impaired – even though the term covers a wide range of seeing ability.
Other members of the association voiced their struggles and bitter experience they faced in several recruitment exams. They remarked how the adverse conditions they faced in the examination process forcing them to lag behind despite being competent candidates.
State Minister for Social Welfare Sharif Ahmed in his speech as chief guest assured the members that the ministry has contacted Public Service Commission (PSC) to look for means to improve the recruitment method for visually impaired graduates in several sectors.
“Current government is dedicated to provide opportunities for physically challenged and other hindered communities,” he said.
He also confirmed that steps will be taken to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and selected members of the association to meet their demands.
The association put forward a set of demands seeking better facilities for the vision impaired graduates.