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KCR’s absence irks the differently-abled community

KCR’s absence irks the differently-abled community
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Differently-abled community in the city raised a ruckus on Wednesday after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao failed to turn up at an event at Ravindra Bharathi which was organised on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The community was miffed as the chief minister had promised to attend the annual event this year.

Ravindra Bharathi was a scene of chaos on Wednesday. Protest, ripping apart flexi boards, dharna and an attempted rally to storm the Secretariat and Assembly marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Differently-abled community in the city raised a ruckus on Wednesday after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao failed to turn up at an event at Ravindra Bharathi which was organised on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The community was miffed as the chief minister had promised to attend the annual event this year.

After waiting for KCR for over two hours, the dignitaries and government officials tried to move on with the event by staging cultural programmes. But the plan was foiled after certain people stated that the government did not pay heed to their long pending demands like Rs 1,500 stipend, hearing aids, calipers, artificial legs and hands.

Government officials at the event tried to appease the people by promising to put forth their issues to the chief minister. However the agitated crowd was not convinced and ripped apart flexi boards of the event. They even boycotted further proceedings of the event. Some members even staged a dharna on the premises of Ravindra Bharathi.

The situation went out of control after a rally was organised to storm into the Secretariat and the Assembly premises. However the bid was foiled by the police. The government and the organisers had made elaborate arrangements and planned to distribute over 290 articles like hearing aids, laptops and artificial limbs at the event.

“We were totally disappointed due to the absence of KCR who didn’t even make alternate arrangements to send one of his deputees. We waited for over two hours for the chief minister to turn up,” fumed one of the attendees.

More than 26 NGOs participated in the event who had organised cultural performances with representatives from across the State. Government representatives at the event E Sridhar, director, disabled welfare, Murali, chief executive officer, SERP and Sailaja from the disabled welfare department distributed aids to the beneficiaries.

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