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3:19 pm - Wednesday February 25, 1976

Do not allow physical weakness to dominate life: Prez

Artificial parts and ancillary equipments distributed to 4271 disabled and 8108 senior citizens

Chronicle Reporter, Gwalior

President Ramnath Kovind told persons with disabilities that they should not let their physical disabilities dominate their lives. They should identify their talents as it is these talents that provide them the confidence to move ahead in life.

President Kovind was addressing “Free Ancillary Equipment Distribution Ceremony” organized at Gwalior today. He said to the disabled that the equipments are for their support and they should not depend entirely on them. They should bring out their talents and hidden strength and win the world.

President Kovind lauded the efforts being made for inclusive education, skill development, employment and social security towards integrated welfare scheme by making ancillary equipments available jointly by centre and state government.

He said that the government is providing state of the art ancillary equipments to the disabled and senior citizens. The government is working with the goal that no person with disabilities remains without assistance.

Job opportunities are being explored in government and private sector for the disabled. Government of India has increase disabled reservation quota from 3 to 4 percent.

Special campaign is also being launched to fill the vacant posts reserved for the disabled.The President said that there are many such disabled who have become source of inspiration for others. He mentioned the under 19 cricketer from Chennai Preethi Srinivasan.

He said that Preethi has done a remarkable job by constituting the NGO ‘Soulfree’. Similarly Deepa Malik and Sajjan Singh Gurjar also made the country proud. Citing the example of famous classical danseuse Sudha Chandran, he said that she turned the weakness of legs into her strength and earned a name not only in the country but also in the world for her dance.

Similarly Jagadguru Swami Ram Bhadracharya who is visually handicapped has written 120 books and is popularizing India in the world throughthe disabled persons passing out of the educational institute being run by him in Chitrakut. He encouraged the disabled by narrating the inspirational story of Tretayuga Rishi Ashtavakra.

The President said that organizing the mega camp in Gwalior is a commendable initiative to share the problems of the disabled. Indian Red Cross Society Haryana, Government of Madhya Pradesh, district administration and ALIMCO and Dhara Foundation connected with this event and other sansthas are worth appreciation.

Posted in: Madhya Pradesh

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