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Featured Image: Minister Sadhan Pandey (2nd left) with students and others after inaugurating the braille library at DF Blind School on Monday. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 08 May: DF Blind School at Joka on the southern fringes of Kolkata today got a braille library coutesy direct selling giant Amway and the not-for-profit NGO Turnstone Global.

The braille library in is one of the five such libraries that Amway is setting across eastern India as part of its corporate social responsibility obligation, and it will benefit the near 85 visually impaired students at the coeducation D F Blind School.

The other four cities, where Amway is planning braille libraries are Bhubaneswar, Siliguri, Aizawl, and Agartala.

State consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pandey today inaugurated the braille library at D F Blind School, in the presence of  DG fire services Jagmohan, Amway senior vice president G S Cheema, and  Turnstone Global secretary Kanchan Gaba.

The library will offer braille versions of a variety of books / journals and CDs covering academics, fiction, self-help, and general knowledge for the visually impaired students who otherwise have limited access to books. The Library is equipped with computers that will enable students to access more than 30 CDs.

Commenting on the occasion minister Pandey said: “This is a commendable initiative by Amway. I hope that the effort encourages other corporates to take similar steps. A combined endeavour like this will be a step in the right direction towards ensuring a level playing field for the physically challenged people.”

Amway’s Cheema said that  they were in the process of launching 31 braille libraries across India, while Kanchan Gaba of Turnstone Global said that such Libraries in different blind schools and organisation working with the blind were very fruitful to impart education to the blind.

D F Blind School is affiliated to West Bengal Mass Education Extension and recognised to teach up to class VIII. The school has on its roll boys and girls with visual impairment, partial visual impairment, and other physical disabilities. The children are mostly wards of daily wage earners.