Awareness about Differently abled sports should be created in Tamil Nadu

Monday, December 15th, 2014 @ 12:46PM

​Loksatta Party congratulates the Indian team which has won the Blind Cricket world cup match recently held in South Africa. Mr. Ramesh is the only player from Tamil Nadu to play for India in this world cup match. Mr. Ramesh hails from Madurai district and is the sole breadwinner of this family. Though being a daily wage earner, his passion for Cricket motivated him to excel in the game even without any professional training. He is a fielder par excellence and won the best fielder award in the T20 Blind cricket cup which happened in 2012.

Welcoming Ramesh - Blind Cricket player

Loksatta members welcoming Mr.Ramesh at Chennai airport on Dec 14

Loksatta Party along with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for the Blind demands the below to create awareness about the sports for differently abled:

  1. The Tamil Nadu government should widely advertise in media about the Indian team’s victory in the Blind Cricket world cup match and Mr. Ramesh’s contribution to the victory.
  2. The government should financially support the federations working for various differently abled sports in the state.
  3. The Tamil Nadu government should grab the opportunity of the next T20 Blind Cricket match which is scheduled to happen in 2016 in India. We would like to remind that the World Chess Championship 2013 was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in a move to create awareness about Chess in the state.
  4. We demand that the government should provide financial support for aspiring differently abled sportspeople.
  5. We demand that separate quota should be provided for differently abled sportspeople in Education and Job opportunities. Currently there is no reservation for differently abled sportspeople in Education and Job.

We should utilize the talent of Mr. Ramesh in Cricket. The government should ensure that Mr. Ramesh is given a job relevant to his expertise. We would like to point out the Kerala government has announced Job for the two differently abled cricketers from their state. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has announced a cash prize of Rs 5 Lakh to each of the players in the Indian team.

The party wish to condemn the action of Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu shaming differently abled sportspeople by giving cash award of Rs 70, Rs 50 and Rs 30 for the First, Second and Third prize winners in the recently conducted District level tournament in Coimbatore. It is a shame that the total budget allocated for a district tournament meant for differently abled sports is only Rs 10,000. The SDAT should ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future and the government should increase the funding differently abled sports.

We take this opportunity to appreciate Thesiya Paarvaiyatror Iyakkam, Dhrishti 3230, New Vision Friendship Club, Ariyaamai Vizhippunarvu Iyakkam, Thozhan Amaippu and Lit the Light movement for the financial and moral support they provided for Mr. Ramesh.

Please find attached the pictures taken during the cheerful reception to Mr. Ramesh at the Chennai airport.

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