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Persons with disabilities seek free education

Staff Reporter

About 4.5 lakh physically challenged persons were without jobs

— Photo: S. Thanthoni

Members of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Handicapped Associations during the protest in Chennai on Monday.

CHENNAI: Members of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Handicapped Associations staged a demonstration near the Government guest house in Chepauk here on Monday demanding free education and job opportunities.

The federation’s state president G. Chidambaranathan said about 70 per cent of physically challenged persons across the State lacked proper education.

The government must provide free education to school dropouts and college education to motivate them.

About 4.5 lakh persons with disabilities across the State, including about 25,000 in Chennai, were without jobs.

‘Implement quota properly’

The Government must set up district-level centres to provide assistance to those seeking self-employment. The three per cent quota in jobs in public sector must be properly implemented, he said. Concession in bus travel must be provided as in other States. The State government must also formulate a special policy for the disabled. A separate ministry must be set up for the purpose, Mr. Chidambaranathan said.

The 17-point charter of demands also included welfare schemes for disabled people in rural areas, distribution of rice free of cost and housing facility.

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