ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that government is committed to taking all possible steps for providing equal opportunities to persons with disabilities in the public and private sector to utilise their abilities for the progress and prosperity of the country.

He made these remarks during a ceremony to award cheque of Rs 600,000 to Chairman Special Journalist Welfare Committee Syed Ibrar Kanwal here on Monday.

The amount has been granted to Syed Ibrar Kanwal in recognition of his meritorious services in the field of journalism despite physical disability.

The Prime Minister called upon the government institutions‚ civil society and philanthropists to make consistent and resolute efforts for providing equal opportunities to special persons for their active participation in national life.

The Prime Minister also approved a proposal made by Syed Ibrar Kanwal for provision of seven laptops to physically hampered journalists so that they can be facilitated in discharging their professional work.

The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that the federal government and the provincial governments would take solid steps for providing an enabling environment for special persons and take into account their special needs.