DIBRUGARH, Aug 19 - Over 150 aids and appliances, which included wheelchairs, tricycles, hearing aid, smart canes, crutches, walking sticks, etc. were distributed among differently-abled persons, including children, during a special �Reach Out and Respond� programme titled �Sohari� held at the DHSK College campus here today.
The week-long programme is being organised by Assam State Legal Services Authority in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department and Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Assam, Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) and Bhagawan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti of Jaipur for Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Tinsukia districts. More than 3,500 registered beneficiaries are expected to benefit from the week-long programme in the three aforementioned districts.
The seven-day event was inaugurated today by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the college auditorium in the presence of Justice Ajit Singh, the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, Judge of Gauhati High Court and Executive Chairman of Assam State Legal Services Authority VK Pipersenia, Chief Secretary, Assam, Jishnu Baruah, Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Government of Assam and other distinguished guests.
The Chief Minister in his speech said that to empower and strengthen the social fabric of the human race, every individual, especially the privileged class must make effort to reach out to the differently-abled persons for collective progress.
�We can ensure justice, development and guarantee equal rights only if we take along the needy and the deprived segment of the society with us. We must strive towards creating an environment conducive for collective human progress,� he said.
Justice Ajit Singh, who is the man behind this project, in his address thanked Bhagawan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti of Jaipur and Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India for their support in implementing the project. Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Executive Chairman of Assam State Legal Services Authority also expressed their gratitude to the partner organisations for providing the necessary material, technicians and other logistics for the success of the programme.
VK Pipersenia said that none of the differently-abled persons in the State must face any problem to lead a normal life due to lack of support. Jishnu Baruah subsequently offered the vote of thanks.