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Pat for eyesight programme

FOR A GOOD CAUSE : Women volunteers carrying placards highlighting the need for eye donation at a rally organised by the Lions Family of Vellore in Vellore on Saturday.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE : Women volunteers carrying placards highlighting the need for eye donation at a rally organised by the Lions Family of Vellore in Vellore on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: – Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

Special Correspondent

VELLORE: The eyesight programme implemented by the Lions District 324-A4 during 2007-08 under the stewardship of the District Governor M. Venkadasubbu was lauded by speakers at the ‘Turning point 4th district convention’ of the Lions District here on Saturday.

Under the eyesight programme, the vision of school children in the districts of Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts were being tested and spectacles provided to them in phases. Vellore Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav distributed spectacles to 100 children at the convention, under the first phase of the project.

Earlier, members of the various Lions Clubs in Lions District 324-A4 participated in ‘Journey for Sight,’ a rally organised from Vellore South Police Station to Rani Mahal, venue of the convention in Officers’ Line. The participants carried placards highlighting the need for eye donation.

Delivering the convention address, Adhilakshmi Gurumurthy, Past District Governor of the Lions District, said that the eyesight programme for schoolchildren deserved praise given the fact that students sitting in the back row could not get proper education if they were not able to read what was written on the blackboard. She called upon the leaders of the Lions Clubs to hone their leadership skills in such a way as to be able to prevent tragedies such as the Kumbakonam school fire tragedy.

P. Karthikeyan, municipal chairman, Vellore, who was the guest of honour, promised to provide land to the Lions Club of Vellore by following the proper procedures so that the club could construct a building and do more service to the poor. He said that though the government announced that the Vellore Municipality would be upgraded into a Corporation, the municipality did not raise the property tax of all strata of people. It raised the tax for property in the ‘A’ (industrial/commercial) and ‘B’ (residential) zones alone, that too from a basic value of Rs.2 a square foot to Rs.2.10 a square foot. It did not raise the tax for properties in the ‘C’ zone, comprising slums, he said.

T.L. Narayanan, steering committee chairman, welcomed the gathering. G. Narasimhan, Vice-District Governor, introduced the District Governor. S. Emperumal, secretary of the steering committee, proposed a vote of thanks.

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