Visually challenged teachers stage protest in city

MANY DEMANDS: Members of the Karnataka Blind Teachers' Welfare Association staging a demonstration in Mysore on Monday  

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Members of Karnataka Blind Teachers' Welfare Association on Monday staged a protest in front of the Government School for the Blind on Sayyaji Rao Road seeking implementation of their various demands.

The teachers said that despite many representations to the State and Union Governments, some of their long pending demands have not been met. A few training students from the Helen Keller Blind Teachers' Training Centre also joined the protest.

The teachers' have demanded that trained blind teachers be appointed as resource persons at the taluk resource centres and in regular schools.

Efforts must be made to fill posts reserved for handicapped persons. They also said the State Government must appoint visually challenged persons to D group posts in all 27 zilla and taluk panchayats across the State.

Stating that several posts reserved for visually challenged are vacant, they said that such posts should be filled immediately.

The Rehabilitation Society of the Visually Challenged and Akhila Karnataka Andhara Kriya Samithi have extended support to the protesting teachers. They have also decided to observe International Handicapped Day on December 3 as a black day.