Shillong: In an effort to stop illicit collection under its name, the Meghalaya Liberation Association of Visually Impaired (MLAVI) declared on Monday that it has been dissolving as an organization.
Elkin Rynniaw, the president of the Meghalaya Liberation Association of Visually Impaired, told reporters that in the past, it has been observed that a number of people were soliciting donations from the public on behalf of the association without giving proper notice.
According to Rynniaw, at the meeting organised some time back, it was decided to dissolve the association because too many people had registered under the association's name, making it impossible for them to register.
"We are here to inform the public that going forward, anything related to the visually impaired should be addressed by the National Inclusive Society for Downtrodden Community (NISDC), which will be headed by the same members, in place of the MLAVI," Rynniaw declared.
Beningstar Kharpor, a visually impaired person, asked people to refer to them as visually impaired rather than blind people because the term "blind" denigrates people with visual impairments.
"People should choose wise words like visually impaired when addressing, as such terms degrade the PWDs and are not politically correct," stated Kharpor.
In order to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations that address the inclusion of people with disabilities (PWDs) in society, Kharpor urged the general public to collaborate with them.
It is however unclear as to what is their plan for the future and if the government will take steps to curb any of these incidents related to the collection of funds in the name of helping those in need. Ahead of the festive season of Christmas, this action taken by the organisation has raised many eyebrows across the state.