LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif has said that special children are an integral part of the society and government is utilising all available resources for the rehabilitation of disabled persons so that they could be made useful citizens of the country. Shahbaz was addressing a function in connection with World Disability Day arranged by Punjab Welfare Trust at Alhamra here on Wednesday. The CM said that only those nations progress and achieve a respectable place, which have the courage and determination to surmount all problems. The chief minister announced a sum of Rs30 million on behalf of Punjab government and Rs.0.5 million on behalf of Sharif family for the Trust for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons. Shahbaz said that the institute for the rehabilitation of special children costing Rs 1 billion would be completed expeditiously. The CM said that World Disability Day is not celebrated only to express sympathies with special children, but to discharge our responsibilities to the humanity. He said it is a matter of pride that special children have not allowed their disability to become a handicap and have displayed outstanding performance in education, sports and other sectors. He said that a blind girl Saima Saleem who has obtained 6th position in the country in CSS examination has proved this fact. He said that Saima Saleem has joined Foreign Service but he is ready to appoint her at Chief Minister's Secretariat. He also paid rich tributes to Chairman "Akhuwat" Dr Amjad Saqib who has dedicated himself to the service of humanity and is making tireless efforts for the achievement of his mission. He said that he could not properly judge the abilities of Dr Amjad Saqib when he met him during his last tenure but when he again met him during his period of exile he found him committed to rehabilitation of downtrodden segments of the society. He said that Dr Amjad Saqib and his team and other institutions which are engaged in the service of disabled persons are not only rendering commendable service to society but are also ensuring a glorious future for the young generation. The CM further said that all out encouragement would be provided to the disabled persons showing outstanding performance in different sectors, while educated special persons will be given government jobs. He said that Punjab Govt has allocated two per cent quota for special persons and its implementation will be ensured. He said that he issues on the spot orders for the provision of jobs to special persons who visit his open kutcheris and 90 per cent instructions issued in open kutcheris for the provision of employment pertaining to special persons. He said that a disabled student was refused admission in King Edward Medical College by the administration on the grounds that the college did not have facilities for disabled children and when he came to know about the incident, he sought an immediate report and issued orders that the special child be enrolled and his entire expenditure will be met by Punjab government. He said that government would expand the scope of NGOs so that these could take greater measures for the betterment of special children. Earlier, Chairman Punjab Welfare Trust Dr Amjad Saqib in his welcome address highlighted the importance of World Disability Day. He said that 7 million people of the country are suffering from different disabilities and being the largest minority it is our collective responsibility to uphold their political, social and economic rights. Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Chairman Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled Dr Amjad Saqib, Justice (r) Amir Raza, Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi, Secretary Social Welfare, Secretary Special Education as well as heads of different NGOs, special children and their parents were also present.