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On World Blind day, officials turn blind eye towards miseries of blinds

‘Neither Div Com nor any top official visits venue despite invitation’

Wahid Bhat

Srinagar | Jan 04 (PTK): One World Blind day, which was today observed at Sri Pratap collage here in Srinagar, no official from government visited the venue to participate in the event organized by Jammu and Kashmir Welfare Association for Blind.

During the event the Members of Welfare were disappointed as nobody in invitees from government including Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, visited the venue.

“We had invited various personalities from Divisional Commissioner and Director of School Education to many others, but they have not bothered to attend the event,” Members of Welfare said, adding, many blind people felt hopeless regarding the non-attendance of the officers.

“We were hopeful that Divisional Commissioner Kashmir is going to attend the event, and can listen our problems but his absence felt disappointed,” said Aatif Ahmad, a blind, who came from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district to attend the event.

Gulshan Ara who is a female member of the Welfare association of Kashmir told PTK that we had cordially invited all the people of higher administration for the event but nobody could mark the presence.

Yasir Nabi a blind student from Pulwama told PTK that Government did not help us, we were promised monthly fund but over from last many years we are not being provided the same, which doubles our miseries Yasir Added.

The event was attended by only blinds despite dispatching days before an invitation letter to Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.

All the blinds who were attending the event said that we are not being provided any kind of help from Government side.

Aaqib another blind student from Bandipora said that “I am studying and I have lots of expenditure on my study and being a visually impaired I could not afford to earn by my own hands .Aaqib refuted the governments tall claims of helping blinds in Kashmir Aaqib said that I am depend on others and I am not able to move an inch without family support if Government could have provided us facilities me like blinds could not have to suffer” Aaqib added.

Rafiq Ahmad a parent of 7 year old son from Hawal Srinagar said that “my only son is visually impaired he is not able to read or write and I thought to admit him in a Braille school in Kashmir but I went all the places to find a blind school I couldn’t find any kind of Braille school for blinds and later Delhi Public School Atwajan told me to admit him in their school where they had hired a Braille teacher irony is this that our own Government is not able to Build a Braille school in Kashmir” Rafiq said.

The event was supposed to demonstrate that how visually impaired persons can pick up computer skills. We want to spread computer literacy among the visually impaired and encourage our students to be independent and believe in themselves,” the association said. (PTK)