Port Blair, Dec. 4: World Disabled day 2012 with the theme- “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all” was celebrated on 3rd December 2012 by ‘Sahara’ the oldest registered association of disabled persons in the Islands at Kalyan Mandappam, Junglighat, Port Blair. Shri P.B. Murugan, Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council was the Chief Guest in the programme. Dr. Nitesh Kaura, Medical Specialist (orthopaedics), GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair, Shri I.P. Singh, Junior Vice Chairman, PBMC, Smti Shanta Singh, Social Worker were present as distinguished guests.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion Shri P.B. Murugan appreciated the efforts of Sahara in organising such function in honour of the differently abled citizens of the Islands. He offered his warm wishes to all especially the differently abled citizens. Dwelling on the theme for this year’s World Disabled Day he said that the differently abled people should not be discriminated and we should work towards providing a disabled friendly society.

Smti Shanta Singh on the occasion spoke about the formation of Sahara in the year 1988 with a bunch of few enterprising disabled members and her role in motivating the pioneers of this association. She exhorted upon the members to remain united in pressing for an inclusive and accessible society for the disabled without any discrimination. She further said- this day should be accorded equal importance by all concerned like all other major national and international days’ celebration.

Dr. Nitesh Kaura, Orthopaedic Surgeon at GB Hospital offered all possible help to the differently abled. He said that differently abled don’t need our sympathy but our motivation and understanding. He said that God helps those who help themselves.

Shri I P Singh, JVC, PBMC also appreciated the organisers of this important day. He said like in developed countries we should also strive to make our Islands disabled friendly so that they are not discriminated against.

Earlier Smti. Suchitra Roy, President, Sahara welcomed the gathering. Shri Dhanpat and Smti Kalpana members of Sahara spoke at length about the issues of the disabled. Shri Sunil Kumar, General Secretary, Sahara, proposed vote of thanks. Song and dance were presented by the school children of Govt. Secondary School Junglighat. The Programme ended with the singing of the National  Anthem.