“The specially-abled persons are not a burden to the society. Instead, they will contribute their mite if provided with appropriate facilities,” observed District Principal and Sessions Judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli.

He was speaking after inaugurating the one-day awareness workshop on “Equal opportunities, rights and safety of disabled persons” at JSS Polytechnic for the Specially Abled in Manasagangotri yesterday.

“India has not bagged a gold medal in the athletic event of any Olympic Games so far. But the specially-abled persons have excelled by bagging gold in paralympics. Also, a specially abled woman climbed the Mount Everest recently, which itself is a great achievement,” he said and exhorted them to build self-confidence for achieving greater feats.

Suggesting the specially- abled not to have any inferiority complex, Sankolli asserted that the laws concerning the specially abled lacked in enforcement while at the same time there was no dearth for the Acts.

K.V. Rajanna, Commissioner for the Welfare of the Disabled, in his address suggested that necessary changes be made in wheel-chair design so as to make it bring optimum comfort to the specially-abled.

He also called for providing adequate infrastructure in public and commercial buildings for the specially-abled persons to have a barrier-free movement while citing a Supreme Court directive in this regard.

JSS Technical Officer B.R. Umakanth presided.

College Principal Nanjundaswamy, MCC Deputy Commissioner C. Raju, former Principal of REC, Suratkal, Prof. B.S. Basavarajaiah, District Physically Challenged Persons Welfare Officer Balaram and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore