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Visually impaired assured of Govt aid

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 23 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the State Government is committed towards extending special care to the visually impaired people.

According to an official press release, the Chief Minister said visually challenged persons deserve special attention and love from the society.

Talking to delegation of the All Assam Blind Employees� Association at his office chamber in the State Secretariat here today, the Chief Minister said his Government would exempt the visually impaired Government employees from paying professional taxes. Moreover he assured the delegation of reserving housing quota for visually challenged employees.

The delegation, led by its president Dilip Kumar Das and secretary Noor Mohammad, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, who directed the Director, Social Welfare Department, Kumud Chandra Kalita to take all necessary actions to address their grievances.

Besides, Gogoi also assured the delegation that the Government would complete all the formalities to upgrade Guwahati, Nagaon and Jorhat Blind Schools to Higher Secondary level. He directed the officials concerned to execute the modalities for in-service promotion of the visually challenged employees as per their qualifications.

Gogoi, while responding to the pleas of the association, expressed sympathy to the visually challenged employees, who are making significant contributions towards the development of the State, the press release said.

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