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Persons with disability hold protest meeting

Staff Reporter

— Photo: K. Pichumani

Voicing concern: The protest meeting at the new premises of Nethrodaya in Nolambur in progress on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: Several persons with disability participated in a protest meeting organised on Tuesday on the new premises of Nethrodaya, an organisation working for the visually impaired, to condemn the social isolation faced by its members.

Founder of Nethrodaya C. Govindakrishnan said “There is a need for more awareness of the social challenges faced by persons with disability.”

Nethrodaya had its dream fulfilled on Tuesday when its inmates moved into the new premises, constructed on a plot of land provided by the State government.

The centre, on 6.5 grounds at Nolambur in West Mogappair, was inaugurated by Information Minister Parithi Illamvazhuthi recently.

“This meeting is a show of solidarity in the wake of social apathy and intolerance manifested by the acts of some residents of the area,” said P.Simmachandran, general secretary of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Physically Handicapped Association.

The meeting should instil confidence in all people with disability and let the society know that the people with disability are determined to contribute fully to the nation, he added.

Several persons with disabilty, who participated in the meeting, voiced their concern about the continuous effort of some of the local residents to hinder the progress of Nethrodaya as a contributor to the people with disability.

The new address of Nethrodaya is 47/1, Nolambur Phase II, Mogappair West Garden, (behind Mogappair West Bus Depot, Near Mosque/TNEB Power Station).

T.M.N.Deepak, vice president of Tamil Nadu Handicapped Federation Charitable Trust, spoke.

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