Salman Khan campaigns for the specially-abled in Mumbai
An employment campaign, 'Veer' for the specially- abled concluded with hope in the presence of Bollywood actor Salman Khan and other elite people on Sunday in Mumbai.
The campaign kickstarted on January 26 and has been organised by Khan's nongovernmental organisation 'Being Human', soft drink brand Thums-Up, media news channel CNN IBN and American Indian Foundation (AIF).
Khan said that the campaign aims to provide employment to the maximum number of specially-abled people.
"This is just the beginning. Just see what happens next. This year 1000 brave people will get employed. I hope next year twice the numbers of people are employed and the number keeps on increasing," he said.
The campaign accomplished its first juncture and concluded with an event recalling its journey so far. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the specially-abled people, and also address them by providing education, employment, skill training and development and pressing upon the need for specially abled technology.
One of the organisers of the campaign, Hemanth Paul, hoped that the campaign expands further.
"I think the Veer campaign is a critically important campaign for us as a community, and as a society and we are delighted to see so many partners come together to support an effort such as this. I also think that this is really the starting point for something that is very important, I think we are bringing a cause upto national significance and hopefully this will be something that is far bigger and global from what we are starting today," he said.
The event depicted inspiring lives that succeeded after facing many hurdles through hard work and determination. This included accomplished traditional dancer and actress, Sudha Chandran, paraplegic swimmer Prasanta Karmakar who won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth games, Lieutenant General and former Director General of Military Operations and Vice Chief of Army Staff Vijay Oberoi who had lost his right leg during the Indo-Pak War in 1965 and continued to be a soldier in the Maratha Light Infantry regiment.
The campaign accomplished contributions worth 7.5 million rupees in its first leg. Many celebrities also offered their support in unraveling the potential of the specially-abled people.
(Posted on 25-03-2014)