A free legal aid service for economically weak visually challenged persons was launched as part of the eighth anniversary celebration of Nethrodaya, a self-help organisation for the visually impaired, recently.

A total of 34 advocates have agreed to provide their services free of cost to such persons. A website – www.nethrodayafreelegalaid.com – providing details about the rights, the legal provisions and job opportunities for the visually impaired was also launched at the function by Madras High Court Judge K. Venkataraman.

Explaining the objective behind the free legal aid service, C. Govinda Krishnan, founder of Nethrodaya. said the Constitution protects the visually challenged but the benefits they get are very few. “There are 9,000 vacancies for the visually challenged persons in various government departments that are to be filled,” he added.

Mr. Justice Venkataraman underscored the need for the visually challenged to be given jobs that employ their skills and abilities.