Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003
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By Anita Joshua
Inaugurating the week-long event under the gaze of the Abylimpics' Ganesh-inspired logo and before a gathering that included people with special needs, Atal Bihari Vajpayee said that society ought to give up its prejudices with regard to the differently-abled, in order to make governmental and voluntary efforts to mainstream them successful.
"Prejudice and apathy towards the disabled must be countered. All societies have fine traditions of care and compassion for the needy and the marginalised. We must preserve and further promote these traditions," he said.
Mr. Vajpayee stressed the need to pay special attention to skill-development and creating employment opportunities for the disabled. "What we need is multi-sectoral involvement of governmental bodies, businesses in the private sector, vocational education institutes, and banks and financial institutions."
Representatives from 32 countries are participating in the Abilympics.
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