Would-Be Entrepreneurs Protest Lack Of Business Start-Up
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 21, 2006
BANGALORE, INDIA--A local branch of the National Association for the Blind has shut down all activities for 10 days in response to Thursday's protest by a number of blind trainees.
According to the Hindu news service, the demonstrators had recently attended training programs to learn how to start their own business ventures. They were angry because they were not given the opportunity to apply for loans so they could become self-employed.
The demonstrators said it was pointless for the association to provide the training without following up with assistance.
The trainees met with association managers on Friday to resolve the disagreements. L. Krishnamurthy, the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities who attended the meeting, said he would ask the Director of Industries and Commerce to arrange for loans to enable them to start their own business enterprises.
Krishnamurthy said he would also make sure complaints that the association's placement officer had not adequately placed trainees in jobs would be investigated.
In the meantime, trainees wondered what they would do during the 10-day lockout.
"How can they lock up the place and leave us in the lurch?" asked one of them. "What will happen to our training?"