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FOR A CAUSE: Members of the National Association for the Blind taking out a rally in Bidar on Friday.
FOR A CAUSE: Members of the National Association for the Blind taking out a rally in Bidar on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Bidar: National Association for the Blind organised an awareness camp about the right of sight of the visually challenged, in Bidar on Friday.

Visually challenged Rajamma of Anadur village inaugurated a rally in the morning. Zilla Panchayat deputy secretary Math Mallikarjun, NAB district planning manager Marthand Kashempur, and others were present. School students and activists went round the main streets of the town in the rally which culminated at the Guru Bhavan.

Mr. Mallikarjun promised to help institutions working for the welfare of the disabled.

He lauded the efforts of NGOs such as NAB in making their presence felt in backward districts such as Bidar.

The NAB manager K.M. Nagaraj spoke about the aims and objectives of the organisation. He said the World Health Organisation had set a goal of attaining the right of sight for all by 2020. This goal would be achieved by all stakeholders such as the Government and private agencies, beneficiaries and their parents, he said.

Later, the NAB coordinator B.K. Kalachari presented a report on the activities of the organisation. Dalit Sangharsha Samiti convenor Arun Patel asked the NAB and other NGOs working in related fields to organise more awareness camps.

Child Development Project Officer S. Tippanna, eye surgeon Cybil, Karnataka Union of Working Journalists district president Basavaraj Kamshetty, NGO activists such as Tippanna Kamthane, Ashok Kumar Malge, Umesh Mugnure, Anuradha Mogha, the NAB office-bearers Dilip Kumar, Chandrashekar, resources person Sanjay Kumar and others were present.

Sight Savers International, Welmeghna Hospital, Sadhana NGO, Maha Manava Trust, Jagruti NGO, Kiran rural development organisation, and other organisations jointly organised the camp.

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