Staff Reporter

1 per cent of teaching jobs sought for the visually challenged

Government asked to provide financial assistance to the visually challenged

Association also demands 30 per cent reservation for them in the allotment of free group houses

SALEM: The Tamil Nadu Goodwill Association of the Blind has appealed to the State Government to implement the one per cent reservation for the visually challenged persons while recruiting graduate teachers.

The Government had announced the recruitment of 7,500 graduate teachers recently. But it had not allotted one per cent of the total vacancies (75 posts) for visually challenged persons.

Resolution

The Government should look at this issue and sort it out immediately. A resolution to this effect was passed at a meeting of the association held here recently.

The association also appealed to the Government to create 400 to 500 teaching vacancies for the visually challenged once in five years, as the number of graduates with visual impairment was growing.

The Government should initiate steps to provide financial help to visually challenged teachers in schools to employ assistants. The monthly assistance given to the physically challenged persons should be increased to Rs. 1,000.

The Government should give 30 per cent reservation to the visually challenged while allotting free group houses.

Delays

In another resolution, association members urged the Government to initiate stern action against officials, who were causing unnecessary delays for visually challenged persons from getting the benefits extended to them under various schemes.

Priority to couples

Visually challenged couples should be the given priority in government employment. Association president D. Jagir Hussain presided over the meeting.

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