Nat’l Council for Disabilities calls for gov’t enforcement of hiring quotas
special needs Protest - YOUM7/Amr Diab
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO:  National Council for Disability Issues urged the government Thursday to impose a fine against companies and organizations that do not hire people with special needs and disabilities.

Under Egyptian labor law, 5 percent of the employees in each facility in the country but qualify has having special needs, General Secretary of the Council Hossam el-Massah told Youm7.

“Every businessman has social responsibility, but more than 90 percent of factories and companies in the country do not commit to the 5 percent rule,” the head of el-Wafd Party, el-Sayyed el-Badawy, said during a meeting with leaders of the council Monday, according to several news reports.

Massah stressed during his meeting with Manpower Minister Nahed Hasan Ashry that people with special needs should be listed in the job market map all over the country, in order to get the proper job opportunities.

He said Monday “I call on President Sisi to execute the request of people with special needs,” reported el-Mogaz.

Following the meeting, Ashry told press the ministry would ensure that job listings respect the five percent rule in the future.

Disabled persons held a protest last February in front of Menoufia headquarter calling for job opportunities in the government, according to several news reports.

Egypt State Information Service (SIS) stated on its website state has a “full strategy to present care for them and train them,” per the constitution, which guarantees equal opportunities to all citizens.

SIS added the government is trying to provid persons with special needs job opportunities, and that the Ministry of Communication has a plan to establish technology centers in 3,500 villages, with two centers in each village.

It also announced the state will establish first development center for special needs in el-Tor City in Sinai, on 5,000 square meters, at a total cost of 7.5 million EGP, which will provide 65 permanent job opportunities, with 70 percent of them for persons with disabilities.

Former Minister of Health Maha Rabat said that actual number of people with disabilities in Egypt, according to the World Health Organization, is 9 million. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics reports only 500,000, while other civil society organizations report up to 15 million.

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