Navjot Sidhu , Miss india & actor Japji Khaira and others in Blind Walk held at Chandigarh on World Sight Day on October 12, 2017.
Chandigarh, October 12:
“I feel honoured to be part of the Chandigarh Blind Walk and amazed to see the enthusiasm and energetic spirit of the blind people.” Disclosing this here today at Sector-17 on the occasion of participating in the ‘Chandigarh Blind Walk’ event organized by the ‘Dialogue Highway’ organization, the Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu said that the differently abled people only need encouragement and constant support from the society and then can scale any heights because then the sky would be the limit for them.
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The minister on the occasion announced Rs. 5 lakh per year for next five years from his government funds for the ‘Dialogue Highway’ and apart from this, he also announced the same amount every year from his discretionary quota for the organization. Among other notable people who participated in the walk included Patron of Dialogue Higheay Davinder Sharma, PGI Director Dr Jagat Ram, Veteran Journalist Mr Swadesh Talwar, Punjabi folk singer Pammi Bai, Doli Guleria, Film actress Japji Khaira, Film artist and Line producer Darshan Aulakh and Senior journalist and the organiser Baljit Balli.
More than 500 persons experienced “life without vision” at the ‘Blind Walk’, which was held to raise awareness about the problems faced by persons with visual impairment. Those are born with the gift of vision were blindfolded during the walk and were led by 50 visually impaired students from school for Blind, Sector 26. The walk was organized by Chandigarh-based Dialogue Highway Trust in collaboration with Banglore based, the Project Vision at Plaza, and Sector-17 on Thursday evening.
The walk witnessed the participation from volunteers, social activists, doctors, journalists students from the local schools and colleges. The BJP Chief, Sanjay Tandon gave away the prizes to the organizations who are working for the welfare of visually impaired people.
Dialogue Highway’s Managing trustee and well known food policies analyst, Davinder Sharma informed, “Figures show that there are 4 cr visually impaired people across the globe while the tally stands at 1.5 cr in India. As per Census 2011, there are 2852 visually impaired persons in Chandigarh. Millions of people have joined hands in spreading the awareness across the world by carrying out blind walks at different places across the globe. Such initiatives will go a long way”.
On the spot there were counters where people could pledge to donate their eyes and body organs. There were motivators who impressed upon the need to donate their eyes. The walk ended with various persons taking a pledge to donate their eyes and body organs after their death.