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CM assures no retrenchment of visual impaired in Haryana

punjab Updated: Jan 29, 2015 20:01 IST
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Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday announced that no visually- impaired person would be retrenched from the Red Cross units across the state.

Addressing a function to mark the 206th birth anniversary of Louis Braille organised by Rajya Drishtiheen Karamchari Sangh (RDKS) here, Khattar said the state government was committed to working for welfare of sections of the society. Braille's birth anniversary falls on January 31.

Earlier, organisers told the CM that more than 90 visually-impaired cane chair weavers were facing removal from their services.

The RDKS leaders said that as use of chairs made of cane was reduced, such trained individuals should be accommodated elsewhere with the job of weaving chairs of various schools and lead a respectful life.

While Khattar readily accepted this demand, he said that the other issues brought to his notice would be discussed seriously.

He said that the state government was sensitive on the issues of differently-abled persons and skill development programmes would be started soon for their welfare.

Khattar said the French educator Louis Braille had made a significant contribution by inventing a system of reading and writing for the visually- impaired.

According to official data, 1.4% Indian population is visually- impaired and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to minimise the number, he said.

"Studies say that most of the cases of blindness were due to accidents, medical and health deficiencies and we are determined to curtail the number effectively," he said.

A visually-impaired activist, Vijay Adhlakha said that it was for the first time that a CM was chairing a function organided by the association.

"Our association does not demand any favour, we only need support. We expect the establishment and the society to be sensitised towards differently-abled people and provide them adequate opportunities," he said.

Khattar announced a `50 lakh grant for renovation of the state-run institute for visually-impaired in Panipat and said that the government would accept any suggestion to improve education facilities for the differently-abled persons.