In order to equip blind persons of the city, Persistent Foundation (the CSR entity for Persistent Systems Ltd) and State-run District Disability Rehabilitation Centre is backing Aatmadeepam Society's Aatmadeepam Agarbatti Project. Inspired by the Gadchiroli Agarbatti Project where women perform this work, the move is expected to provide jobs to as many as 40 blind persons.
The torch bearer of this move is Jidnyasa Chawaldhal, President, Aatmadeepam Society. Jidnyasa, who is completely blind, has taken tremendous efforts to start this project from scratch and her efforts have paid off.
District Disability Rehabilitation Centre has donated 20 machines, and another 20 have been given by Persistent Foundation. These machines are manually operated by the visually impaired and partially sighted employees. Each individual gets Rs 15 per kilogram of agarbattis produced by them.
Even the renowned brand - ‘Cycle’ is supporting the project, by supplying required raw materials them. The produced agarbattis will then be perfumed and later marketed by the same company.
The project was inaugurated on Sunday at the project's premises on Salve Road, Mohan Nagar. There are vacancies for all visually impaired persons above 18 years of age who wish to earn money.
Indeed a great move! Reacho applauds Persistent Foundation and Aatmadeepam Society for its benevolent approach.