State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has asked commercial and microfinance banks to follow the government’s directives for providing jobs to persons with disabilities.
Banks and financial institutions can set a precedent for various sectors to hire persons with disabilities for performing various jobs. Not only will the educated disabled persons get jobs, but banks will also build talented human resources and execute the operations smoothly at their branches and offices.
They can also provide training to disabled persons through their CSR programs and meet the demand for human resources in the banking industry.
In Pakistan, there are more than 3.2 million disabled persons with 2.1 million living in rural areas and 1.1 million persons in urban areas.
The Disabled Persons’ (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance 1981 was promulgated to provide employment, rehabilitation, and welfare to persons with disabilities. Similar legislation on a Provincial level is also in force. Accordingly, Federal and Provincial Government establishments, as well as commercial and industrial establishments, are required to maintain quota for the employment of persons with disabilities.
There are over 14,000 bank branches operating across the country. The banks can at least hire one person at a branch and make an exemplary contribution to the nation’s development.