LAHORE - On the second day of blind persons’ protest, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif issued ‘special’ directives to ‘immediately’ resolve the issue, said a handout Tuesday.

Presiding over a meeting, the chief minister directed that utmost care should be taken of the visually impaired persons while food and other facilities should also be provided to them on priority basis. He constituted a committee comprising concerned ministers, assembly members and officers and issued instructions to resolve the matter relating to blind persons amicably under the law.

Provincial Ministers Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Asif Saeed Manhais, Syed Haroon Sultan Bukhari, MPAs Rana Sanaullah, Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Saba Sadiq, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Lahore Division Commissioner and officers concerned were present. The meeting reviewed in detail the demands of the blind persons.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that blind persons deserved special attention and love of the society, assuring that their genuine problems would be resolved under the law. He directed the committee that the demands and problems of the blind persons be given a sympathetic consideration and they should be saved from inconvenience.

“The decisions taken in the meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Blind Association are being implemented,” he added.

The CM said that Punjab government was taking all out measures for ensuring respect of special persons and making them useful citizens of the society.

The provincial government has adopted an effective strategy for rehabilitation of visually impaired persons and other special persons and decided to increase their job quota from two to three per cent, he added.

“Centres for rehabilitation of special persons have also been set up throughout the province and huge funds are being spent on education and training of special children,” Shahbaz informed the meeting.