Farsighted: The men with vision who empower panchayats

Farsighted: The men with vision who empower panchayats

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-08-25 10:14 Mysuru: Among physically challenged persons, those visual disability face the greatest problems and difficulties. And yet, many visually challenged persons working in the government departments have excelled in their work.Many visually challenged persons working as second division account assistants (SDAA) and panchayat development officers (PDOs) at gram panchayats for the last few years have proved that they are no less capable than their colleagues at the workplace, and in most cases even better.Harish G, who works at Hosahundi GP, Zabhi Ullah Sharif who is posted at Chamundi Hill GP, Hanumantharaya who serves at Beerihundi are completely blind. All are Second Division Assistants.And so are Sanjeev Shetty, who is posted at Siddalingapura, Manjappa of Ramanahalli and Ganesh GS at Koorgalli. Yogesh Kumar who works as panchayat development officer (PDO) works in Mandya is partially blind. They are among the 150 visually challenged persons who work in various government departments in the state.Even though they were appointed through disabled quota in KPSC recruitment examination over the years, they have managed to excel in their work by using the available software like JAWS and NVDA at the work place. Hosahundi GP second division accountant assistant G Harish said that working in government department in villages is a daily challenge for him.“Daily hundreds of villagers come to our office with one problem or the other. As an accounts officer, I have to address their queries and make them understand and provide them solutions. It’s a tough task, but through hard work I managed to succeed in the job,” says Harish.He manages the ‘Sakala’ Scheme with regular data upload in Panchamitra and Panchatrantra websites”, he said.Harish is so good at his job that many of his ‘normal’ colleagues request him to help them in uploading the details.Zabhi-Ulla-Sharif, who is posted at Chamundi Hill GP, was candid about his blindness having helped him to get a government job.“Not a single villager who visits our office ever has complained about me. They wait patiently to get their work done,” he said.Zilla Panchayat CEO P Shivashankar told Bfirst.in that for the first country, training had been conducted for visually challenged employees at Abdul Nazir Sab State Institute for Rural Development, Mysuru, in collaboration with a Bengaluru-based NGO.“In the first phase, 17 PDOs and 70 SDA participated in the training program. They are all doing a good job,” he said.     ** Total Number of GP’s in state -5630** Total number of employees in GPs in state -1.25 lakh** Total Number of GP’s in Mysuru Taluk -36** Number of SDAA in state- 150** number of PDOs in Mysuru - 14** Number of SDAA in Mysuru Taluk -7