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Obaid commented on Linking Persons With Disabilities with Opportunities

First of all I would like to introduce my self. I am Obaid ur Rahman Assistant Director Social Welfare FATA. As far as Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) is concerned which is already registered with our Department and very active in providing social services in FATA. All the management of SDO belong to Khyber Agency FATA and have innovative ideas for the the uplift of the people of the region. Whatever Mr. Shabbir proposed and commented , Social Welfare FATA is agree with. Social Welfare is mandated to identify and rehab the PWDs in FATA by providing them helping aids and skill development in different trades in accordance with their disabilities. FATA has been a war-hitted region for the last 15 years and ratio of disability is far more greater as compared with other regions of Pakistan. Social Welfare being a government department, has a meager share (0.15%) out of the total budget allocated for FATA. In this scenario we support civil society organzations to fill the gaps through donor's funds by utilising the services of the CSOs in FATA. We encourage the donors and other organizations to invest in FATA specifically in disability through active and dedicated CSOs to work for the betterment of PWDs in FATA as they are the most deserving segment. We also encourage donors to come to FATA and to build the capacity of the employees of Social Welfare, Education, Health, Livestock etc to get knowledge to serve the PWDs in a right ways as disability is a cross-cutting theme. We also tried to work on the global Conventions related to human rights, Women/Child Protection, disabilities other national laws/ordinances/regulations. In short, I would recommend the suggestions of SDO and we will provide technical and mobility support to the organization in provision of services especially to PWDs. Regards