Bhubaneswar(06/04/2023): On the occasion of the valedictory program of the 3 months’ duration vocational training for women with visual impairment conducted by the pioneers, Open Learning Systems in collaboration with the Odisha Association for the Blind and with the financial support of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Soumendra Priyadarshi, Commissioner of Police and a host of other dignitaries emphasized on the need for the change in the negative mindset of the people towards the persons with disabilities and gave them the respect and dignity they deserve. Expressing his happiness at the skills of the 30 trainee women with visual impairment who have mastered making beautiful decorative items of coir and artificial jewellery, the Police Commissioner exhorted people to support persons with disabilities by providing opportunities to showcase their skills and abilities.He gave an assurance to the audience that the Commissionerate of Police shall put auditory signals near the OAB office and at some of the important traffic sections in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Speaking on the occasion, eminent psychologist, human rights activist, and the Secretary of OLS, Dr.Pratap Rath, emphasized on the right to life with dignity as envisaged in the Constitution of India must be ensured by all concerned for a just and equal society. Sannyas Behera, Under Secretary, SSEPD Department, stressed the need for establishing a Disability Rehabilitation University and an archive. Former Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Kasturi Mohapatra spoke of the need to conduct more such skill development programs and support from corporate houses.
The DGM, SIDBI Pradyumna Chaudhury stressed the need for providing marketing support and assured that SIDBI will do whatever in its capacity to support more such initiatives for all other categories of persons with disabilities.
Advisor to Mission Shakti Gitanjali Bastia gave assurance to provide marketing support.
The President of the Blind Women’s Association of Odisha thanked all concerned.
The program was conducted by the staff and trainees of OLS under the guidance of the CEO, Prakash K Rath.