Bhubaneswar, Oct 15: "International White Cane Day" dedicated to visually-impaired persons was observed by Social Security and Empowerment of PwDs Department today.
Celebrating the achievements of visually-impaired persons, an awareness rally was flagged off by Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, SSEPD at State Institute of Rural Development(SIRD) in which visually-impaired students along with general public participated.
Panda underlined the importance of the day and said that white stick with red stripes is used to make it more noticeable for easy and free movement of visually-impaired persons. He also said that Govt of Odisha has successfully implemented "Accessible India" scheme for better mobility of PwDs.
The participants of the rally used placards to circulate the messages on the importance of white-sticks. Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary of the Department emphasized on collective effort to enhance safety, security and independence of visually-impaired people.
White cane is a tool of safety and independence of blind persons which is recognized by UN, said the speakers. They also spoke that visually-impaired persons are able to see and analyze truth and beauty trough their hearts.
Cine-actors Pruthwiraj Satapathy, Naina Das, Chandan Kar encouraged the students present in the meeting to grow and glow in their future.