Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 15:
The Institute for Social Work and Research (ISWAR) in association with the Sightsavers India, District Red Cross, Khurda, Indian Red Cross Society, State branch and the Directorate for Welfare of Persons with Disabilities today observed White Cane Safety Day in the Odisha capital to highlight the great need to ensure the safety and security of visually impaired persons in the state.
In a meeting organised here on the occasion, ISWAR placed a seven-point charter of demands before the state government. The demands include enforcement of the Supreme Court judgment in favour of three percent reservation in employment for persons with disability (PWDs), appointment of Nodal officers in government establishments as per the Supreme Court directives, filling up of the backlog and current vacant posts for visually-impaired candidates as per the one per cent reservation quota for them and installation of sound signal system at all traffic points in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and other cities in the state.
ISWAR General Secretary Sanyas Kumar Behera urged the government for appointment of orientation and mobility instructors in all special schools meant for visually-impaired children and investment of proper CSR share by every corporate body towards education, employment and rehabilitation of the visually-impaired.
Later, a rally was held to create awareness about the safety and security of visually impaired persons to sensitise the police and the public on their cause and the international mandate of the UNO.
Hundreds of visually-impaired persons from several districts of the state participated in the rally.