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Self-employment scheme for the visually impaired.

The Hindu, India.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006.

By Staff Reporter.

KOZHIKODE: Fifteen visually impaired persons have been provided employment at a unit set up to manufacture disposable, eco-friendly plates under the aegis of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) here. Forest Minister A. Sujanapal formally inaugurated the unit at a programme held here on Sunday.

Manoj Arukandathil , State Coordination of NFB, said the main objective of the venture was to provide employment and a source of income to the visually impaired. Each worker would earn Rs.60 a day. Two among those employed at the unit are women.

The scheme is being implemented with the help of Shree Manson's Charitable Foundation and the Convention of Special Programme for Welfare of the Blind.

When fully operational, the unit would have capacity to manufacture more than 15,000 plates a day.

Mr. Arukandathil said the unit would be the first of its kind in the South, and the second in the country. Ten varieties of plates and serving bowls will be manufactured at the unit, including one with grooves.

He said the workers were imparted training in paper plate-making in January. He said the plates would be priced lower than the prevailing market rates, as there would be no middlemen. Details on the venture can be obtained from the NFB office at Mananchira Tower. Telephone: 98471 42663.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran inaugurated the first sale of the plate manufactured by the self-employment unit. S.K.Rungta, general secretary, NFB, New Delhi, presided. C.E. Chakunny, president, Calicut Chamber of Commerce and Industry; C.K. Aboobacker, president, Kerala Federation of the Blind; Vincent Moses, president, YMCA, among others, offered felicitations.

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