Walking sticks, spectacles and dresses were distributed to visually challenged persons at the International White Cane Day celebrations organised by the Tiruchi unit of the National Federation of the Blind, Tamil Nadu Branch, here on Wednesday.
Rajya Sabha Member Tiruchi N. Siva distributed the aids in the presence of the Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi P.V. Vaidialingam and office bearers of the Federation.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Siva said the State government had created a separate Department for the Welfare of the Differently Abled Persons under the direct supervision of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. The importance that the State government attaches to the physically challenged could be gauged from this initiative, he added.
There were several physically and visually challenged persons with innate talents and skills, he said and exhorted them to develop those talents.
He assured that all possible assistance would be provided to physically challenged persons. Mr. Vaidialingam said ramps and wheel chairs had been provided at railway stations for the benefit of the physically challenged. The secretary, Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu S. Pushpavanam said despite the handicap many visually challenged persons had a made a mark for themselves in various fields. He called upon the visually challenged persons to develop their skills.
Advocate and legal advisor of the Federation Martin appealed for shifting of the office of the District Differently Abled Welfare Officer from the present location in the city to a convenient spot for better accessibility to the beneficiaries. He also demanded immediate allotment of the land given to the Federation more than 20 years ago at Vannarpettai in the city.