The Samadrishti Kshamata Vikash evam Anusandhal Mandal (SAKSHAM), working for the empowerment of Dibyangs, held its foundation day at its Rayagada unit where more than 70 dibyangs, their care givers and empathisers (Dibyang Mitras) participated and vowed to take the empowerment process forward in the district in collaboration with Government, corporate, other private entities and philanthropists
This was jointly organised by Odisha Bikalang Manch(OBM)-Rayagada unit and Rayagada Bhinnakhyama Mahasangha(RBMS).
Secretary of SAKSHAM-Rayagada district wing Shyam Das welcomed all the participants. State scretary of SAKSHAM Rama Chandra Sahu elaborated on the evolution of SAKSHAM and its activities. The future plan of action for the district was shared by SAKSHAM’s Sangakhyak Dr Badal kumar Tah.
A membership form was distributed to enrol all the PwDs and their care givers from each village and see if anyone is left out of any service delivery and report to local authorities.
District president of OBM and RBMS Rakesh Himirika described various problems faced by them locally and called upon to work with cohesive manner to reach the goal.
Dibakar Sabar, a care giver, emphasized on increasing the disability pension to Rs 3,000 to take care of various needs including the medical exigencies. Ex-secretary of RBMS and an orthopedically disabled himself Gobinda Chandra Mishra requested the participants to take the issues to the State capital Bhubaneswar and fight unitedly for their entitlements.
Ranjan Rath, a senior scribe of the district, assured the gathering to project the genuine issues of differently abled persons and advocate for their rightful solutions.
Anita Nanda, a college lecturer and orthopedically disabled person described the plights she herself had gone through and called on the participants to come together under the platform of SAKSHAM to build self confidence and a fellow feeling of togetherness.
President of OBM and RBMS,Himirika nominated Jalandhar Bacheli as its new secretary by replacing Amarendra Nath. Gobindra Chandra Mishra was unanimously appointed as district advisor of RBMS.
The office bearers of SAKSHAM-Rayagada district unit were declared. While Sushree Anita Nanda was nominated as president, Dibakar Sabar was nominated as vice president, Shyam Das as secretary, Sibaram Nayak as joimt secretary, Prashanta Palo as treasurer and Rakesh Himirika and Jalandhar Bacheli as advisors. Sibaram Nayak extended the vote of thanks.