INTRODUCTION: Government leaders around the world have attended ceremonies launching the United Nations International Year for the Disabled.
GV National Youth Association marching along street with banner
SVs Blind people in procession (3 shots)
GV Mrs. Gandhi receiving disabled child in grounds of Teen Murti House
SV Crippled children sitting in wheelchairs looking on
SV Mrs. Gandhi speaking in English
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 5: MRS. GANDHI: "We do not yet have figures or other full information regarding our own handicapped people but the United Nations takes 10 per cent of the total population of every country as handicapped. Ten percent of the population is a huge figure, especially in India. With our present resources we cannot possibly provide care for even a small part of them, yet we must acknowledge our duty towards them and make a beginning. Some work has been done, the Minister has spoken about it. We have a three percent reservation in public employment and in spite of extreme limitation of resources, we have increased scholarships for disabled people almost a hundred fold. A twelfth of the central Government budget on social welfare goes for the rehabilitation of the handicapped. I am deeply conscious that this nor the various national institutions for the blind and the handicapped are anywhere near adequate."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Government leaders around the world have attended ceremonies launching the United Nations International Year for the Disabled. The U.N. estimates there are 500 million disabled people in the world, and 1981 has been set aside as a year of activities. In India, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi launched her country's efforts in New Delhi, pledging that the Indian government will do its utmost for the disabled.
SYNOPSIS: Prior to the opening ceremony, India's National Blind Youth Association staged a protest march demanding more facilities for the blind. Under police escort, the demonstrators marched to New Delhi's Teen Murti House where Mrs. Gandhi later promised Government aid for their cause.
In the grounds of Teen Murti House, Mrs. Gandhi met several disabled children and distributed special parcels designed for young handicapped people. In a speech to launch the activities, Mrs. Gandhi described disabled welfare as a mammoth task which every government must face.