Though there is no specific figure about the persons with disabilities in the country, inadequate budgetary allocation is depriving them of their basic rights and forcing them to compromise in every step.
Initiatives taken so far for the allocation for their education, health services and communication services are “very inadequate”. Such scenario came up in a recent research analysis book on budget titled “National Budget 2016-2017: In Quest of People’s Participation”.
Parliamentary Caucus on National Planning and Budget, Centre on Budget and Policy, University of Dhaka and Democratic Budget Movement jointly brought out the research publication. They urged the government to come up with a concept paper like “budget thoughts for persons with disabilities” reflecting their demands.
Every year, the government takes up new projects for their development, but there is no required budget allocation, the research analysis read. The paper also mentioned there is no allocation for implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act, 2013.
The three organisations showed that the actual numbers of persons with disabilities are yet to be specified despite there have been five censuses so far. They recommended increased allocation for the persons with disabilities in the coming budget and adequate steps for their integrated development.
Some 6.1 percent and 9.1 percent respectively of the total national budget were allocated in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 fiscal years for social safety and empowerment sectors, they said. Allocation for programmes taken for the persons with disabilities came from the allocation made for the social safety and empowerment sector.