MoHR, National IT Board launch App for differently-abled children

MoHR helpline received 1,460,460 calls since inception

ISLAMABAD  -  National Information Technology Board (NITB) and Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) have launched an online app for the parents of differently- abled children to connect them with the world around them.

According to details, the National IT Board is bringing approximately 30,000 out of school differently-abled children into the educational mainstream. It will assist them in the selection of suitable educational institution near to their residence so that they can apply online without physical access to the relevant center. The App will inform the people and parents about the services and facilities available in the DGSE’s centres and institutes as well as in the FDE schools for inclusive education, it added. It will be very useful for the children with different abilities living in the slum areas of Islamabad. It was also informed about the status of their submitted applications and it will be helpful to bring out of school differently-abled children in the education system. This application will connect them with the world around them, it stated.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Human Right’s Helpline 1099 has received 1,460,460 calls since its inception and provided services in 5,5323 relevant cases, said an official here on Thursday. According to an official source, all the callers being victim of human rights violation received legal assistance and were referred to the concerned departments. During this period, 41,615 call backs and follow-up calls have been made to the victims. During the financial year 2022-23, individuals seek 131,309 inquiries 1,657 were provided with comprehensive legal advice and other essential support services.

The Helpline, diligently committed to ensuring the utmost efficacy and efficacy of its operations, further undertook 28,904 call backs and follow-up calls in relation to the pertinent cases during this specified period. Total of 88 calls received relating to matters of rights and welfare of children. These inquiries are regarding child protection, education, health, and general well-being. The helpline received 403 calls concerning to challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. These inquiries cover accessibility, discrimination, employment opportunities, and the provision of adequate support and services. A significant number of 577 calls were received concerning governance-related human rights issues. These inquiries encompassed issues such as transparency, accountability, corruption, and the protection of civil and political rights within the broad framework of governance and administration. The helpline received a minimal number of 2 calls relating to land rights. These inquiries involved matters such as land ownership, disputes, and the protection of land rights for individuals and communities. The helpline received two calls specifically requesting free legal assistance. These inquiries sought guidance and support on various legal matters, including criminal cases,civil disputes etc.

He further added that that a total of 288 calls fell under the miscellaneous category, encompassing a wide range of inquiries that did not fit into the other predefined categories. These inquiries covered topics such as employment rights, social welfare, consumer protection, and various other individual concerns. The Helpline received 42 calls related to the protection of life and personal liberty. These inquiries encompassed concerns such as threats to personal safety,and violations of fundamental rights. Around 23 calls were received concerning transgender rights. They sought guidance and support on issues specific to the transgender community, such as discrimination, healthcare, and social inclusion. A solitary call was received addressing matters pertaining to the rights of minorities. This inquiry sought assistance and guidance on issues related to discrimination, religious freedom, and equal opportunities for minority communities.

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