Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Through the organization of the Asian Para Games in October, Indonesia is expected to be remembered as a country that is friendly toward people with disabilities, according to Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita.

"One of the tasks of the Ministry of Social Affairs is to build a `legacy`, and we hope that after the Asian Para Games, Indonesia can be remembered by the world as a country that continuously improves facilities and infrastructure, and is disabled-friendly," Kartasasmita remarked here on Wednesday.

He said the duty of the Ministry of Social Affairs was to ensure

that the facilities and infrastructure were up to the comfort of the guests who landed at the airport, at the athletes` house and the arena of the matches.

In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs also provided reinforcements to voluntary coordinators or volunteers with regard to providing friendly services to athletes and spectators with disabilities.

"This is a state effort to give equal rights to people with disabilities as mandated by Law Number 8 of 2016 concerning persons with disabilities," he added.

It is stated in the law that persons with disabilities have the right to play sports, get the same awards in sports, obtain services in sports activities, and obtain sports facilities and infrastructure that are easily accessible.

"We hope that people with disabilities are not given equal treatment only because of the Asian Para Games, but even after this sporting event, similar treatment should continue to be implemented in daily life, accompanied by the provision of disabled-friendly public facilities in various regions across Indonesia," the social affairs minister noted. *** 4 ***

Reporting by Desi Purnamawati
Editing by Otniel Tamindael

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