The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought comments from the Punjab government on a writ petition seeking enforcement of right of the disabled persons and implementation of the Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance 1981.

Justice Shujat Ali Khan issued this order on a petition filed by Sheikh Inam Elahi Pervaiz through Muqtedir Akhtar Shabir Advocate.

The counsel submitted that law was promulgated in 1981 aiming at employment and rehabilitation of the disabled and five per cent job quota was fixed for handicapped persons but the Punjab government and its officials concerned were not registering the private establishment throughout the province.

“Such ignorance by the government officials over the rights of the disabled persons is affecting the employment and rehabilitation rights of the disabled persons in the province. Failure to register the private establishment has reduced the employment opportunity for the disabled persons across the province,” the counsel added.

He submitted that after the introduction of 18th amendment in the constitution, it has become sole responsibility of the Punjab government to enforce the ordinance in the province.

Muqtedir Shabir argued that the petitioner was ready to furnish the list of private establishments with government department concerned, adding that if these establishments were registered it would create thousands of jobs for the disabled in the private sector.