ISLAMABAD (APP) - Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education was endeavouring to introduce a micro credit scheme for disabled persons as a top priority in order to bring social empowerment for persons with disability. In this regard, the ministry was having consultations with banks including Khushali Bank for ground work to decide an easy way of providing loans to disabled with a minimum interest, Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education, Samina Khalid Ghurki said on Monday. This endeavour would enable the persons with disability to be independent through small scale business with proper finance in soft terms and conditions, she told this news agency. These efforts will bring substantial change in living standards of these persons and will move forward in making Pakistan a disabled friendly state of the world, Ghurki said. She further said that her ministry has started a project to issue special ID cards for the disabled carrying a universal logo of a disable person and wheel chair. Besides enabling them to get their own identity and benefits in various schemes for the welfare of disabled persons, the purpose of these cards is to facilitate the disable persons to claim concessions on traveling fares of Pakistan International Airlines and Pakistan Railways as well as free medical treatment in public sector hospitals. The facility would also prove as helpful in provision of flour (atta) under atta subsidy scheme of the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal. It is a step towards independence and empowerment of persons with disability and will ensure their contribution in the progress of their country, she remarked. Samina Ghurki said that the ministry was making utmost efforts to provide relief to the poor and needy for the sake of their improved living standards. There was a need to treat these persons as normal citizens and the ministry was taking concrete steps for the capacity building and skill development of special children, she added. In this regard, the ministry has launched various awareness campaigns for the rural masses regarding the welfare projects to facilitate the disabled, deserving persons and eradicate child labour. Talking about the implementation on the 2 per cent employment quota for the disabled persons in government departments, she said that government has taken concrete steps in this regard and directed all the ministries/ divisions to observe the 2 percent quota for disabled. Besides these, the ministry has also finalised the National Child Protection Policy and the Child Protection Bill while consultations from the provinces are underway for Senior Citizens Welfare Bill which would be presented before the cabinet soon for final approval.