Announcing the same during the decennial celebrations of the Centre, MCC Commissioner Dr K N Vijay Prakash said that as the Blind Mobility Centre is providing great service to the visually challenged people, it is the need of the hour to provide a facelift to the building. “On behalf of the City Corporation, I assure that the building will see a facelift soon. Work of beautifying the building will start in another two or three months,” he declared.
Praising the service delivered by the Centre for the benefit of visually challenged individuals, Commissioner wished for more number of such institutions to emerge. “Service rendered by the Centre’s staff in terms of confidence building, personality development and self empowerment training is appreciable. To provide service for the uplift of visually challenged individuals is one of the best service any day,” he said.
Fisheries College Aquatic Environment Management Department Head H R V Reddy said that visual impairment is a major problem in third world countries. Lack of medical facilities, community participation and poverty act as a hindrance in improving the conditions of visually impaired citizens. Community participation is must in aiding the visually impaired individuals to come forward, he insisted.
Briefing about the Centre’s activities, Coordinator Lidiya Piriera informed that the centre has guided hundreds of visually impaired people to be self reliant.
Activities like knitting, weaving, making paper bags etc are easily performed by visually challenged, she said. Meanwhile, she also asked the public to contribute to the Centre with unwanted magazines, newspapers and clothes which would get a new shape in the hands of visual and physically impaired.
Corporator Vijayalakshmi, Dr Sooryaprakash Bhat, Dr Ram Mohan, D Devraj Aras Backward Class Development Board officer Somappa were present.
General and vocational training certificates were distributed to 25 visually and physically challenged students. The formal function was followed by a cultural programme by the visually impaired students.