The Sindh government reaffirmed its commitment towards improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities through protecting their rights and providing them equal opportunities. By allocating Rs500 million, it has promised to build five centres of excellence that will help materialise the countless projects in the works by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPD). All stakeholders within the country have neglected this segment of society in the past but with such a renewed emphasis on making this world a more secure place for them, there is some hope that they will be uplifted.

With the directive for the finance department to release all funds for the DEPD, the Singh Chief Secretary will have provided the organisation an avenue through which it can incur change. Excellence centres are expected to be the platform through which persons with disabilities can learn new skills, become a part of the economy and become aware of what their rights are. This helps hold the government accountable in the instance that it fails to fulfil its responsibilities to uplift them. A good precedent is being set, especially considering that it has immense potential to bring about positive growth if successful. The authorities must make it a point to keep working for the cause diligently and to create awareness about it across the province.

The Punjab government also made headway recently through submitting the Punjab Empowerment of Persons with Different Abilities Act 2021 to the standing committee of the cabinet for approval. The aim of this act was to protect those with disabilities and manage facilities so that it is easier to sustain a decent quality of life without major interruptions. The government further announced a five percent quota for them in all government departments and private offices so that they may gain employment. Even the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and the National Institute of Banking and Finance (NIBAF) organised an event through which teachers would impart knowledge relating to financial literacy to hearing-impaired students.

There is no denying that there is still a long way for us to go. At the same time, it is good to see that there is finally some initiative being taken by the provincial governments. Providing equal opportunities is a momentous goal and the only path towards it is to keep securing small victories one after the other.