Blind students’ protest enters 20th day

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2018 11:37:46


Staff Reporters,

EFFORTS to resolve issues of visually impaired students protesting at Neelam Park are yet to provide any worthwhile results. Protest by visually impaired students demanding employment and other basic facilities entered 20th day on Friday.

In spite of cold weather conditions prevailing in the city, they are protesting for their demands. Hidayat Khan Ansari, a complete blind student, while talking to The Hitavada said that the protest will continue till demands are met. Negotiations are possible only if authorities concerned have empathy towards our 23 point demands. As weather conditions are becoming colder health conditions of our fellow colleagues participating in protest have started to deteriorating.

Four of the leaders are sitting on hunger strike since last 20 days. Further he said that he himself is graduate and has done diploma in computer education from Jabalpur and claims that allotment of seats for visually impaired should be enhanced in various sectors. Vacant seats allotment under third class employees in ITI, DCA and 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 to visually impaired students. There are also PhD visually impaired students participating in protest. The protest is being held under the banner Dristhiheen Sangarsh Samiti.

He also informed that all these days some or the other authorities are trying to meet and inform about the demands but no assurance has been given to take major steps. Protest has witnessed support from other organisations including gas survivors, RTI activist forum Vichar Madhya Pradesh etc. Earlier leader of opposition in the State assembly Ajay Singh visited agitating youth and assured them support from Congress. The main demands includes education and employment, universities or schools for visually impaired students 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 per cent cut for electricity bill, hostels for visually impaired girl students, opportunities under MNREGA etc.