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Stress on empowering the visually impaired

COMMISSIONER DR Lalit Verma said Braille was one of the greatest inventions in the last 200 years, as the visually impaired got an opportunity to read and write. The commissioner was speaking at the 197th anniversary function of Charles Louis Braille organised by Allahabad branch of the National Blind Association at Hindustani Academy.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:18 IST

COMMISSIONER DR Lalit Verma said Braille was one of the greatest inventions in the last 200 years, as the visually impaired got an opportunity to read and write.

The commissioner was speaking at the 197th anniversary function of Charles Louis Braille organised by Allahabad branch of the National Blind Association at Hindustani Academy.

Dr Verma said there was need to convert books on different subjects into Braille language so that even the visually impaired became educated and financially independent.

“The blind also need to be associated with the mainstream,” he said.

Dr Verma further said with the development of information technology, books on Braille were easily available in the market.

At present, over 20,000 visually challenged people were working in government offices and agencies while about 25,000 visually impaired were members of the National Blind Association, he said.

The government has formed Viklang Bandhu for the welfare of the visually challenged.

“Every blind person should learn the Braille language as a token of respect to Louis Braille,” he added.

The commissioner also assured members of the National Blind Association of establishing residential schools for such people.

The members have demanded setting up of a separate printing press for publishing Braille books and one per cent reservation in government jobs to the visually impaired.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 00:18 IST