By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 3: How come a government department meant for the welfare of the people of the State blindfolds itself to the hazards/woes of visually-challenged students? Is it because these students cannot see what their school campus has been littered with?
While the government setup mentioned here is the State Social Welfare Department, the visually-challenged ones referred to here are the students of Guwahati Blind High School located at Beltola in Guwahati. If anyone from the department concerned or from the audience wants to corroborate the fact this reporter is going to give in detail, one can have a visit to the spot (the school) before the mess is done away with.
Guwahati Blind High School, established at Bashistha in the city way back in 1976, has a beautiful gate. They rightly say beauty is skin deep. The gate makes quite an impression with people who just see it but bother little to go inside the campus and see everything around there. Only after entering the school campus through this beautifully crafted gate one gets to know what the school and its campus really look like. It looks like a dumping ground of iron and steel, including some mingled ones. The campus has a large number of rusted vehicles, looking like discarded ones, lying there for years and on, gathering rust and dust. Some say that the vehicles have been lying in the campus for more than two years. While some of the rusted vehicles are quite visible, some are not. Many of them have bushes and grass grown thickly around them.
The visually-challenged students do not raise any protest against their campus being used for ‘dumping of vehicles’ by the authority. There is no protest, maybe, because the students reading in the school cannot see them.
All these vehicles were first kept on the premises of the office of the Directorate of Social Welfare at Uzan Bazar in the city. The department had to shift the broken vehicles to the Blind High School campus, maybe, considering it to be a ‘blind spot’ in the city for the media.
Guwahati Blind High School has some 60 students now. It is a residential school. This year nine of the students have been taking the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examitions currently underway in the State. They are visually-challenged, but very talented in other faculties. Hope not anybody at the helm of affairs undermine the talent latent in them.