The National Federation of the Visually Impaired (NFVI), which works for the rights of the visually impaired, has celebrated the 54th World White Cane Safety Day through various events in the capital's Mirpur area on Saturday.
Every year on 15 October, the day is celebrated across the globe.
NFVI held a discussion meeting and provided scholarships for poor and talented visually impaired students. At the same time, to create public awareness to actively participate in economic and social life by ensuring education and normal life of visually impaired people, smart white Cane were distributed to 350 Visually Impaired people.
NFVI Secretary General Md. Ayub Ali Howlader presented four demands to the disabled-friendly Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina regarding the activities of the organization.
The demands are- 1. To allocate permanently the head office of the NFVI situated at 6-Orphanage Road, Bakshibazar, at free of charge in the name of the organization. 2. Provide job opportunities to the qualified visually impaired persons. 3. Disabled people shall be brought back from begging by arranging working opportunities. 4. Make arrangements of free treatment for the visually impaired in public, semi-government, autonomous and private hospitals or clinics.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami Jubo League Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil was present as the chief guest on the occasion.
He said that the government is working for the betterment of the people where visually impaired people are not left behind. They can be a part of our development journey. The government is creating scope for them where they can learn, become skilled and employed.
NFVI Chairman Md. Nurul Alam Siddique presided over the meeting while other officials of the organization and local dignitaries were also present.