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Special day of cheer

They’re enabled and proud to flaunt it. Special people in Jamshedpur celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities with sports, dance, song and cheer.

Around 450 special people took part in the sports event hosted by Tata Steel Urban Services at Armoury Ground on Monday.

Events included 50m and 100m walking and running, wheelchair and tricycle races as well as passing the ball. There were two categories for both girls and boys — Under-15 and above.

Many limped or sat in wheelchairs, many couldn’t see or hear or speak. But everyone smiled and clapped for themselves and others.

“These were fun-filled activities. We thoroughly enjoyed our special day. We thank Tata Steel for organising the sports day and for thinking about us,” said Deepak Srivastava, president of Jharkhand Viklang Sansthan.

The participants were from Bal Vihar, Asha Kiran, Day Care Centre, National Association for the Blind as well as Jharkhand Vikalang Sansthan.

Visually impaired and physically disabled singers from NGO Rhythm also performed film songs and hymns, lending cultural colour and cheer to the event.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Jamshedpur Women’s College teamed up with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Jamshedpur chapter, to observe world disability day at the cradle’s indoor stadium.

Its diamond jubilee year ongoing, Jamshedpur Women’s College decided to observe this day in shining earnest.

“We have always stood for inclusiveness and the disabled are an integral part of society. Many are very talented,” said principal Shukla Mahanty.

The college and CII jointly distributed wheelchairs, walking sticks, hearing aids and crutches to 30 persons.

Ajay Kumar, assistant commissioner, I-T department, who was the guest for the philanthropic event, said: “The government should launch more welfare policies for disabled and implement them well. We should also shun our prejudices and embrace them in the social mainstream.”