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“Education will ensure dignity of differently abled”

Staff Reporter

— Photo : T.Singaravelou

Home Minister E. Valsaraj giving away an artificial limb to a physically challenged person at the event organised by Mukthi Foundation in Puducherry on Tuesday.

PUDUCHERRY: Kupparasan lost his leg in an accident ten years ago. But with one leg, he managed to continue his profession as a tailor and had even opened a shop. On receiving a free artificial limb during an event here on Tuesday, he said that he “felt like having got the power of 10 men.”

Kupparasan now plans to increase his productivity. “I can now walk to the houses nearby and collect the clothes,” he said. He was one of the five people who were given a free artificial limb by Rotary Club of Chennai, Kilpauk, in association with Mukti Foundation.

Speaking during the event, Home Minister E. Valsaraj said that people with disability were often more creative and focussed than their counterparts who were fit. Elaborating on the various welfare measures that the territorial government had adopted for the benefit of differently abled persons, he said that it was important to ensure respect for such people.

Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University J.A.K. Tareen said that the four visually challenged professors at the university were better in delivering lectures that many other lecturers. He said that unfortunately the Central government had done little for the welfare of differently abled persons.

Calling education the most important aid that one could provide for such people, he said that proper education will improve their dignity and will ensure equality. He also stressed on the importance of making buildings disabled friendly.

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