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Gurjar pitches for making '104' eye donation helpline number

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar today pitched for making 104 as a helpline number for eye donation in the country.

"The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will strongly recommend to the Health ministry for making 104 as a common number for eye donations in the country," he said at the "Blind Walk", organised by a Bengaluru-based NGO 'Vision Project' on the occasion of World Sight Day.

Gurjar, along with other participants, also walked blindfolded and pledged to donate eyes.

The walk was organised to promote eye donation, during which a memorandum was handed over to the Minister to make 104 as a helpline number for eye donation.

The Blind Walk started from YMCA and culminated at Jantar Mantar here.

"More than 1000 people from all walks of life walked blindfolded and pledged to donate their eyes," George Kannanthanam, founder director of Vision Project, said in a statement.

The concept of Blind Walk has been developed to give the people with sight to experience what blindness is, through a one kilometre blindfolded walk in a public places, led by visually challenged people, he said.

The NGO had organised eye donation campaign at 55 locations across five countries and the walk was conducted in the US, China, Sri Lanka and Nepal apart from all major cities in India, he added.

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First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 21:48 IST