The World White Cane Safety Day- 2019 was observed here on Tuesday in a befitting manner with the call of ensuring legitimate rights to the visually impaired people for their welfare. To mark the day, Department of Social Services (DSS) and District Administration jointly brought out a rally from C&B Crossing with participation of large number of people including members of various volunteer organizations who are working for improving living and livelihood condition of the blind people.
After parading some of the city streets the rally ended at Shishu Academy where a discussion meeting was held on the issue. Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque and Member of National Social Welfare Council Mozammel Haque addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively while DSS Deputy Director Hasina Momtaj was in the chair.
The meeting was told that the World White Cane Safety Day on 15th October annually celebrates the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired. The day marks the importance of recognizing the white cane. The white cane is not only a tool. It also represents the independence of those who are blind worldwide.
This day has been set aside to celebrate all of the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired, and the principal symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane. The discussants said instead of neglecting the physically challenged people, they should be built as an efficient workforce to make a prosperous Bangladesh.
Terming the physically-challenged people as an integral part of the society, Hamidul Haque observed that overall development of the nation is not possible, excluding the huge population. He called for creating better scopes for education and vocational training to create more employment opportunities for the challenged people.