“One should stand up for rights and have the determination to bring about change in the society”
CHENNAI: An interactive session between 50-odd non governmental organisations and Member of Parliament Kanimozhi organised at the Loyola College here on Tuesday, served as a forum for the NGOs to voice their problems.
Answering questions on the need to strengthen the social support system for physically challenged, Ms. Kanimozhi said an interface between NGOs and government should be in place for effective implementation of schemes.
“One should stand up for rights and have the determination to bring about change in the society,” she said, in response to a talk by a student on working of a children’s parliament in her village.
A volunteer from an organisation working for the welfare of visually challenged persons urged the State government to set up English-medium special schools for them.
“Coaches reserved for the disabled should be placed in the middle of the train for easy access. Trains should have public announcement systems for persons with visual difficulties to identify the station,” he said.
The need for a public-private partnership to set up a palliative care unit at government hospitals was stressed by a member of another voluntary organisation.
Palliative care should be integrated with cancer treatments as many patients come only at the tertiary stage when the pain becomes unbearable, she said.
A member of a city NGO complained that the health insurance cards issued by the State government have not been distributed to persons with disabilities.
A HIV-positive person submitted a petition seeking master health and cancer check-ups to be made available for patients on ART.
Ms. Kanimozhi, making note of their grievances, assured them that government would look into the issues and take necessary action.
The event was jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Organisations for Service and Advocacy (CIOSA) and Loyola Outreach (LEAP). Give Life Foundation trustee Latha Rajan and Oriental Cuisines director M. Mahadevan spoke.