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World Sight Day: Blindfolded public pledge to donate eyes

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    World Sight Day in Guwahati

    Led by Colonel Anil Kaul, a Vir Chakra recipient who lost his right eye in a military operation, the walk comprised of people who pledged to donate their eyes.

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    People take part in an event to mark World Sight Day in Guwahati

    The walk was organised by Project Vision, a Bengaluru- based non-government initiative, to urge the government to make '104' as a common helpline for eye donation across the country.

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    People take part in an event to mark World Sight Day

    It also presented a memorandum for the same to Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar.

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    People taking selfie during 'blind walk' at an event organised to mark World Sight Day

    Urging people to donate eyes, Gurjar said, "No machine has ever been designed that can create eyes."

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    Foreigners taking part in a 'blind walk' at an event organised to mark World Sight Day

    The minister promised to take up the matter with Union Health Minister J P Nadda and assured people of action in this regard.

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    Paticipants taking pledge to donate their eyes at an event organised to mark World Sight Day

    The 104 helpline for eye donation was started in Tamil Nadu last year and is yet to be implemented in other parts of the country.

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    People taking part in a 'blind walk' at an event organised to mark World Sight Day

    To emphasise that the act of eye donation must go beyond religious lines, representatives from churches, temples and mosques were also part of the event.

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    People taking part in a 'blind walk'

    Former MLA and social activist Swamy Agnivesh, who also participated in the walk, said, "Words can't describe what I felt after being blindfolded. There seemed to be an end to the world.

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