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Big Boost to provide Braille Books to the Blind

Sh. Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, today announced several new schemes for the empowerment of persons with visual impairment and other categories of the disabled at the 206th Birth Anniversary, organized by All India Confederation of the Blind. Important scheme announced on the occasion, to provide liberal financial assistance towards the establishment, modernization and capacity augmentation of Braille presses. Under this Scheme, non recurring assistance of upto Two crores would be available for NGOs and Government organizations to provide access to blind children and adults for much-needed books in Braille. This is a new initiative under the Modi Government’s Schemes of empowerment for the disabled. The Minister also announced a grant of Rs. One Crore and Sixty Nine Lakh to All India Confederation of the Blind for capacity augmentation of Braille press. Another Scheme announced on the occasion to awareness-generation for persons with disabilities under which assistance upto Rs. 5-10 lakhs could be available. At the function, the Minister presented cash prizes and certificates to the winners of the All India Braille reading and writing competitions, organized by All India Confederation of the Blind. Over 100 students from 32 Institutions for the blind belonging to 15 States participated in these competitions. Krishna Kumari Varma Memorial Award was also presented in the function to a student securing top position in M.A. History examination organized by Hyderabad University. The Minister also assured the large gathering present on the occasion to actively look into the demand for observing Louis Braille’s Birth Anniversary as the National Braille Day.

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