Correspondent

Documentary film released

Theatre director, filmmaker Gouranga Rout directs the documentary

The film has been made by the Indian Institute of Education and Care

BHUBANESWAR: Governor M. C. Bhandare has emphasised on economic empowerment of the people with disabilities. He has further urged upon the people, the civil society and the governments to duly protect their rights.

Bhandare aired his deep concern for the people with disabilities at the Jayadev Bhawan here on Wednesday while releasing a documentary film Breaking the Barriers made on their lives by Indian Institute of Education and Care (IIEC), a social service organisation, undertaking special programmes for welfare of the disabled in Nayagarh district of the State .

Felicitation to crew

Bhandare also highlighted the The Persons with Disabilities Act of 1995 that makes the government sensitive and friendly to the rights of the disabled people.

The Governor also felicitated the cast and crew of the film on the occasion.

Theatre director and filmmaker Gouranga Rout, known for his pioneering works on tribal theatre, has directed the documentary.

The film shows how Laxmidhar, a visually impaired boy, has been able to operate the computer like any normal person and how he has become the secretary of the athletic society of Daspalla College winning votes and hearts as well.

Similarly, the film further moves on to tell the tale of Tukuna, another visually impaired boy who runs a shop in his village and supports the family like any able-bodied person.

The film features several such characters who have been inspired and guided to challenge and conquer their disability to emerge successful in life.

Special programmes

IIEC has implemented its specially devised programmes in Daspalla and Nuagaon blocks of Nayagarh district that are reaping rich dividends, claimed institute director Sisir K. Das.

So far above 1,000 people with various disabilities of the region have been identified and made self-reliant through the programmes, he added.

Parliamentarian Rudra Madhab Ray, School and Mass Education Commissioner Vandana Jena and IIEC chairperson K.K.Patnaik also spoke on the occasion.