Nagpur: Maharashtra Social Justice and Special Assistance Minister Rajkumar Badole on Thursday inaugurated the two-day State-level Divyang Students Sports Competition being held in Reshimbagh Grounds here. The competition is being organized jointly by Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Handicapped Welfare Commissionerate, Pune and Late Prabhakarrao Datke Smruti Seva Sanstha.
The Minister, speaking on the occasion, said that instead of looking to the section of Divyang sympathetically and mercifully, they should be looked respectfully and accorded equal treatment.
In the two-day State-level event, around 3500 students of Divyang schools and workshops of 36 districts across the State are participating in the tournament. A total of 1500 Divyang students of Nagpur city and rural parts are also participating in the event. At the outset, a group Divyang students in the age group of 8 and 25 years marched past the podium along with a band squad. After the march past, the Social Justice and Special Assistance Minister Rajkumar Badole lit the competition torch to mark opening of the event. On the occasion, a team of blind students chanted the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ in chorus. The tournament oath was administered to the participating Divyang students before the start of the competition.
Other dignitaries who graced the function include Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, MLC Girish Vyas, President of Late Prabhakarrao Datke Smruti Seva Sanstha Dr Subhash Raut, Principal Secretary of Social Justice and Special Assistance Department Ujjwal Uike, Handicapped Welfare Commissioner Narendra Poyam, Deputy Commissioner Nitin Dhage, Chief Executive Officer Shivajirao Jondhale, and a large number of Divyang students, teachers, coaches, caretakers and parents in large number.