Disabled persons should make hidden talent their strength, says Kovind

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Feb 2018 09:29:32


Staff Reporter


PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind told persons with disabilities that they should not let their physical disabilities dominate their lives. They should identify their talent as it is this talent that provides them the confidence to move ahead in life.

President Kovind was addressing ‘Free Ancillary Equipment Distribution Ceremony’ organised at Gwalior on Sunday. He said to the disabled that the equipment is for their support and they should not depend entirely on them. They should bring out their talent and hidden strength and win the world. President Kovind lauded the efforts being made for inclusive education, skill development, employment and social security towards integrated welfare scheme by making ancillary equipment available jointly by Centre and State Government.

He said that the Government is providing state-of-the-art ancillary equipment to the disabled and senior citizens. The Government is working with the goal that no person with disability remains without assistance. Job opportunities are being explored in Government and private sector for the disabled. Government of India has increased disabled reservation quota from 3 to 4 per cent. Special campaign is also being launched to fill the vacant posts reserved for the disabled. The President said that there are many disabled, who have become source of inspiration for others. He mentioned the under 19 cricketer from Chennai Preethi Srinivasan.

He said that Preethi has done a remarkable job by constituting the NGO ‘Soulfree’.
Similarly, Deepa Malik and Sajjan Singh Gurjar also made the country proud. Citing the example of famous classical danseuse Sudha Chandran, he said that she turned the weakness of legs into her strength and earned a name not only in the country but also in the world for her dance. Similarly, Jagadguru Swami Ram Bhadracharya, who is visually handicapped, has written 120 books and is popularising India in the world through the disabled persons passing out of the educational institute being run by him in Chitrakoot.

He encouraged the disabled by narrating the inspirational story of Tretayuga Rishi Ashtavakra.
The President said that organising the mega camp in Gwalior is a commendable initiative to share the problems of the disabled. Indian Red Cross Society Haryana, Government of Madhya Pradesh, district administration and ALIMCO and Dhara Foundation connected with this event and other sansthas are worth appreciation.