People with disabilities press KRG for better assistance
By Mohammed Shwani
Runaki Basic Institution for visually impaired children held a ceremony on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.
"Disability does not mean inability, disabled people are not dysfunctional, they need the right opportunity to be created to enable them to be functional at their full potential," tweeted Hoshang Mohamed the Kurdistan Regional Government's director general at the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre.
The center regularly works with displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees who have disabilities because of the ISIS conflict.
The children had two main requests from the Kurdistan Regional Government: First they want to be supplied with all the means they may need to assist in their disabilities; secondly, they asked for the government to cancel the so-called salary saving system.
Since Baghdad cut the Kurdistan Region’s budget share in February 2014, not all civil servants have regularly received salaries.
The KRG introduced the unpopular salary saving system in 2016 that has in some cases reduced salaries of teachers and health workers by more than two-thirds.