HAILAKANDI, Dec 6 - Under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Hailakandi and WODWICHEE, an NGO, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed at Hailakandi.
Various appliances were distributed among the differently- abled persons on the occasion. The theme of this year�s day was �inclusion matters : access and empowerment for people of all abilities�.
A meeting was held on the occasion at the auditorium of Rotary Club here under the president ship of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Amalendu Roy. The president of WODWICHEE, Kabir Ahmed Choudhury, at the outset, explained the purpose of organising the day and said that the persons with disabilities should be treated with love and compassion. He said that they also have the similar capacities to do everything with the moral support of people. All the other speakers stressed the need of self-sufficiency of the differently-abled persons and urged all sections of people including government agencies to extend their helping hands towards them. The meeting was also addressed by Social Welfare Officer, Asraf Hussain Laskar, president of Child Welfare Committee, Pritikona Paul, Bignan Mandir Officer, Baharul Islam Laskar, Samiran Paul, Arup Haldar, Subhas Nath Mazumdar, Vandana Mahavir among others. Various appliances were also distributed among the beneficiaries in the programme under ADIP scheme of the Government of India�s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The appliances include eight tricycles, three auxiliary crutches, 15 hearing kits, 2 blind sticks and 15 spectacles.
On the other hand, the day was also observed under the auspices of the Social Welfare Department. On the occasion, a meeting was organised at ICMC High School of Boalipar in Hailakandi district under the presidentship of the headmaster of the school, Mohammed Ali Laskar. The programme was organised in collaboration with the Hailakandi district committee of Barak Valley Handicapped Development Society. The meeting was addressed by the secretary of the society, Sahidul Islam Laskar, Mosafar Ali Choudhury, Dilwar Hussain among others. All of them emphasised the need of the formation of a comprehensive development scheme for handicapped people.