Visually impaired students gear up for Jal Satyagrah on 8th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2018 12:55:52


Staff Reporter,

Visually impaired students protest demanding employment opportunities is continuing in state capital. On Thursday the protest entered for 18th day and the visually impaired students from Drishtiheen Rozgar Samiti are determined to continue protest till their 23 point demands are met .Manish Sikarwar head of the samiti while talking to The Hitavada said that as no substantial action has been taken by the government the students are planning to go for Jalsatyagraha on January 8. The protest is witnessing support from blind students from all districts of Madhya Pradesh. Other originations working for divyang community have also started rendering their support.

Another visually impaired student Hidayat Khan Ansari who is sitting in the protest said that there needs to be transparency in the appointment procedures. The vacant seats allotment under third class employees in ITI, DCA, PGDCA procedures needs to be streamlined. A probe is also required to check the direct allotment of seats and more number of seats should be allotted for visually impaired.

Allotment of guest lectures at Madhya Pradesh Social Justice Department and in Non government agencies sector special emphasis needs to be given t visually impaired students ad the students with prior experience needs to be more privilege .

Komal Singh Baghel another visually impaired student sitting in protest said that 50 seater hostel facility needs to be opened for visually impaired ITI students at Bhopal, Jabalpur and Rewa. Besides there is no hostel facility for girls and that is becoming one of the main reason of hindrance because of which visually impaired girl students do not prefer for higher education in State.

Earlier on December 26, the visually impaired students held 'Jal Satyagraha' in lower lake near Park. These students took to the roads to protest against the state government.
Wearing only few winter clothes they are sitting on the road to demand employment and other basic facilities. They said that apathy of the State government towards demands shows that they are not serious to provide benefits to the needy group. The group members of the samiti has also written poems , slogans and inspite of chilly weather they are continuing the protest as no action was taken earlier when they reach out to concerned authorities with their demands.

The main demands includes education and employment, universities or schools for visually impaired and the students who have completed schools does not have employment opportunities, . Blind people also have to give full tax for electricity while traders have the leisure of fifty percent cut for electricity bill. Inadequate hostel facility, hostels for visually impaired girl students etc.