[AI] Visually impaired man alleges raw deal

Vinod Asudani vinodasudani86 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 02:59:33 EDT 2008

Halo friends, The case in point is one of the common experiences that 
visually chakllenged have to face. It is high time that some revolutionary 
measure should be taken to compel the callous government officials as as 
creating a pressure and powerfully lobbying to press for the rights of 
visually challenged. I belief that the time has come for do or die 
situation. I to is the responsibility of those who are educated and are 
sensitive to come together forgetting their all other differences to 
strongly demand the just and legitimate rights for the visually challenged.
Professor Vinod Asudani.----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rajesh Asudani" <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 11:28 AM
Subject: [AI] Visually impaired man alleges raw deal

>                  Visually impaired man alleges raw deal
>                                                              Staff 
> Reporter
>          Doctor Bhuyan is going through the pains of unemployment
> '88 per cent of lecturers' posts in special schools for blinds are lying 
> vacant'
> State blamed for faulty implementation of reservation policies
> BHUBANESWAR: Prashant Bhuyan, the first visually handicapped (VH) person 
> from Orissa to obtain a doctoral degree from the prestigious Jawaharlal 
> Nehru University,
> is now a disgruntled man.
> After overcoming all kinds of adversities to achieve this success, Dr. 
> Bhuyan is going through the pains of unemployment. He is preparing to 
> leave the State
> to sustain himself.
> Thanks to Orissa Government's insouciant approach, educated visually 
> handicapped persons, who should have been given priority in rehabilitation 
> programmes,
> have been pushed to the brink.
> "Can you believe tht we have so far produced only 30 lecturers ever since 
> the policy to rehabilitate visually handicapped population was pursued in 
> the
> State 30 years ago? Out of 200 teaching staff in Utkal University, none of 
> them is visually impaired," rued Dr. Bhuyan, who is a senior member of 
> Orissa
> Association for the Blind (OAB).
>                 Workshop
> Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on Education for all children with 
> visual impairment here on Tuesday, he said the State Government came out 
> with
> its first circular reserving one per cent of total jobs for this category 
> in 1978 and subsequently increased it to three per cent in 1981.
> "Where have the jobs earmarked for VH students vanished? Government is 
> responsible for restricting the mission of mainstreaming the special 
> category students,"
> Mr. Bhuyan charged.
> Agreed OAB General Secretary Sanyas Kumar Behera. "Let alone absorbing VH 
> people in jobs, the government machinery has failed to provide basic 
> infrastructure
> for us to attain minimum education level.
> About 88 per cent of lecturers' posts in special schools for blinds are 
> lying vacant," Mr. Behera said.
> They blamed faulty implementation of reservation policies by government 
> for the present situation.
>                 Reserved posts
> So far the State Government was claiming to have reserved posts department 
> wise for blinds. "Every year, vacancy positions are advertised. But these 
> are
> not enough number of posts to incorporate us," Dr. Bhuyan said. Government 
> should maintain separate 100-point reservation roster registers for the VH 
> people,
> OAB demanded.
> Speaking on the occasion, State commissioner for persons with 
> disabilities, Mona Sharma said, "we have started dialogue with industries 
> and impressed upon
> them to come out with a statement that how many posts they could offer for 
> VH people. We will frame vocational training for them accordingly."
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