Ujjain : ‘Vivahit divyang avam anandak milan samaroh’ was conducted by the administration on Saturday, in a bid to make the ‘divyang’ population financially independent and with an aim towards their overall empowerment. This is part of the many welfare schemes that have been launched by the Central and State government.

Around 107 ‘divyangs’ were given sewing machines and mobile repair kits, while loans worth Rs 33 lakhs were disbursed to help them start their own businesses. The event was also attended by Union Minister of social justice and empowerment, Thawarchand Gehlot along with energy minister Paras Jain, divisional commissioner MB Ojha, collector Sanket Bhondve, Member of Parliament Chintaman Malviya, Dr Vasantvijay Maharaj, MLAs Mohan Yadav and Anil Firoziya and other eminent individuals who played the role of guardians for ‘divyangs’ officially known as ‘anandaks’. Shailendra Vyas conducted the event and mayor Meena Jonwal proposed a vote of thanks.

Vikram Agnihotri opening the door of his car with his leg FP PHOTOs
Vikram Agnihotri opening the door of his car with his leg FP PHOTOs

Inspiration: Lost arms at age 7, now a successful businessman

Indore based Vikram Agnihotri with his positive outlook towards life has become an inspiration for thousands of differently abled people. Vikram lost his arms in an accident at the tender age of 7, but that did not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He completed his higher education and is currently running his own business successfully.  He also dedicates his time for the betterment of ‘divyang’, people as regional secretary of the organization ‘saksham’. Despite his disability, Vikram drives the car using his legs. He modified his car to use it in special way and has also received a special driving license by the Central and State government. He shared his life story in the event and motivated hundreds of ‘divyang’ people present. He attended the event on the invitation of former municipal speaker Prakash Chittoda.