THIRUVANATHPURAM: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday that blind persons will be given ‘first priority’ while implementing the government’s housing scheme. “The organizers of Kerala Federation of the Blind (KFB) had requested me to provide a home for one blind person in every grama panchayat. The government has decided to facilitate home for every single blind person in state who needs one,” said the chief minister while inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of the KFB on Tuesday.
“The word disabled does not hold the meaning ‘dis’-abled anymore but it is now deciphered as differently-abled. It is not just visual impairment, but the lack of vigil and responsibility also makes you blind. In that sense the visually-challenged people have an inner-eye which makes them see what we don’t. They have a sense of social responsibility and an inner eye which we lack,” he added.
An audio magazine ‘Dhyuthi’ – which includes columns in literature, motivational memoirs, politics and current affairs – was launched at the event. KFB is also planning to provide solutions for issues like self-employment and homelessness in association with the golden jubilee celebrations. Employment will be given to at least 100 visually challenged personnel and 30 of them will avail a new home constructed with KFB’s funds.
The 50th anniversary celebrations began after mayor VK Prasanth flagged off a procession KFB members from Martyr’s Square to KFB headquarters. Councillor IP Binu handed over a financial aid of Rs 15,000 to four visually challenged persons. The inaugural event also saw various performances by KFB members.
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