Tuesday, December 18, 2007

8-day workshop for physically handicapped

STAFF REPORTER
Gangtok:
Sikkim Viklang Sahayata Samiti (SVSS) at Zero Point, in collaboration with Bhagwan Mahabir Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) of Jaipur, is holding an eight-day long workshop, December 17 to 24, to provide artificial limbs and caliper free of cost to the physically handicapped. The workshop, supported by state Health Department, was inaugurated on Monday by Mr. GM Gurung, Minister of Human Resource Development Department (HRDD). Mr. NK Pradhan, MLA, Gangtok, Mr. SK Sarda, President of Sikkim Chamber of Commerce, Miss Draupadi Ghimiray, President of SVSS, Mr. Subha Narayan Das from Asha Bhawan Centre, Kolkata, and technicians from BMVSS, were present, among others.
Till afternoon on the day, at least 15 physically handicapped persons (male and female) from Timi Tarku, Lingdong Subuk and adjoining places got benefit from the workshop being provided necessary artificial limbs and calipers.To take benefit of the workshop, physically handicapped people from all over the state and other places like Kalimpong, Kurseong and Darjeeling have been invited.
Mr. GM Gurung in his address said that “everyone has disability and handicap” of one kind or the other. “We should observe the capability” of a person rather than his or her physical state, he said. Speaking on the occasion, Miss Draupadi said, physically handicapped people of Sikkim had to go to Jaipur for the required facilities and experience much inconvenience.
But since the inception of SVSS in the year 2001 they have been relieved. SVSS has been doing its best for the welfare of physically handicapped people. “The physically handicapped people are actually capable in different ways”, said Mr. Das.

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