Visually impaired seek social security, houses, free rice

Published: 26th September 2013 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2013 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

Expressing solidarity with the protesting visually impaired graduates, the National Federation of the Blind (Tamil Nadu Branch ) on Wednesday put forth 15 demands including social security for the poor and illiterate blind people.

The federation also requested Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to give an opportunity to meet her and put forth their requests.

“We have tried to meet her many times in the last two years but could not do so,” said Manoharan, Project Director, National Federation of the Blind.

“If the protesting blind graduates do not get any response, then we will be forced to join them,” he said. Among their 15 demands was a scheme for poor and illiterate blind people to provide houses, 30 kilograms of rice and a monthly financial assistance of about Rs 2,500.

Other demands include placements to those who had passed TNPSC exams and had been on the waiting list and regulation of norms for obtaining loans easily for self-employment. The demands also include homes for the elderly in each district, training for the visually impaired on computer operations, filling of vacancies in schools for the blind and special attention for computer training for children in blind schools.


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