Visually impaired students forced to use a damaged road
Government turns blind eye on the road leading to School and Home for the Blind in Charabrada, Shimla, and students have themselves repaired it.
Himachal Pradesh touts to have the 2nd best literacy rate in the country after Kerala. No government representative misses a chance to show that off. The Chief Minister and other office bearers in the State have repeatedly talked about opening new Universities and Schools in the State, but the ground reality is that a very important segment of our population (the visually impaired) are kept aloof of schools and colleges in our very own State. There are only two schools for blind in the State, and the one in the capital city is in tatters. The School and Home for the Blind in Charabrada, Shimla, has a classes only until class 10 and there is no place in the state where the children can pursue their 10+1 and +2 or higher studies.
The road leading to the school from Dhalli, on which these blind students and their teachers have to walk daily, is badly broken and has landslides at numerous places. Many government officials and Ministers have assured the students that the road will be mended but words have never turned into actions. As a result, these blind students have themselves cleared the road of mud and rocks on the road because of landslides and have themselves patched the road with stones. How have these blind students possibly done so, is what I was shocked with when I visited the school, but their enthusiasm for life made me believe how they must have done it. Why isn’t the government and its departments interested is my question aren’t they just turning their back on a grave problem?