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BERHAMPUR: Visually challenged persons are yet to get conducive environment in offices of the government, private and public sector units which is affecting their employability in Orissa, opined experts at a seminar held in the city on Sunday.
The seminar on the topic of issues and challenges related to unemployment of visually challenged persons was organised by Milton Charitable Foundation for the Visually Handicapped (MCFVH). The seminar was attended by a large number of visually challenged youth for whom finding employment is a major issue.
The state of unemployed visually impaired persons was discussed in detail. Sashi Prabha Bindhani from Human Rights Network took up the issues related to reservation of posts in different sectors for the visually challenged.
It was pointed out that government and public sectors in Orissa were not adhering to norms of reservation for visually impaired while filling the vacancies. Senior advocate of Ganjam Bar Association Niranjan Nayak elucidated the policies and programmes of the government regarding provision of employment to the visually challenged persons.
Researcher M.K. Bisoyi in his address pointed out the lacking in official environment was proving a major hindrance for employment of visually impaired persons in both government and private institutions in Orissa.
The participants of the seminar demanded that in all offices there should be provision of required information in Braille mode and in crowded large offices there can be audio signals at strategic locations.
The youth attending the seminar said it was high time to have awareness programmes on big scale for general public.
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