Seven-year-old Labdi Bhaterva (Shah), a mentally-challenged girl and daughter of real estate developer Anand Bhaterva, a resident of Surat and native of Vansda in Navsari, wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday in Navsari on Saturday. Modi addressed about 11,000 differently-abled persons in Navsari on Saturday, providing them with assistive devices.
Labdi, accompanied by her mother Bina Bhaterva, climbed on the stage, accompanied by SPG commandos, and wished Modi on his birthday by giving him a flower bouquet. Modi blessed her by putting his hands on her head. Anand Bhaterva’s elder daughter, Hardi, is normal and studies in Class XII.
Talking to The Sunday Express, Bina Bhaterva said, “It was my daughter’s dream to meet PM Narendra Modi. We came to Surat as my husband knows BJP leaders in Surat and they had invited me to attend the programme. It was a memorable event. Meeting the PM was like a dream come true to us as we are fans of Modi. We are proud of our daughter.”
Chibhubhai Patel (68), a resident of Navsari, is a farmer by profession. He had met with an accident in his fields 10 years ago and lost his both legs. Among the beneficiaries, he got tricycle at the Divyang programme in Navsari. “I stay with my wife, Sheela, while our two sons live separately with their families in Navsari. My sons had taken all my agricultural land. I have started a small shop outside my house to earn the daily bread. I bought a second-hand tricycle, but it had many problems. The municipal councillor of my ward had suggested my name in the beneficiary list. I am happy that I have got a new tricycle and can go for long-distance travelling. I’m thankful to Modi,” said Patel. “My old tricycle was in pathetic condition which had affected my movement. Since we use a large chunk of my pension amount to buy medicines for us, we could not afford a new vehicle,” he added.
Mohammed Shamim Ansari (31), a resident of Ahmedabad and a teacher by profession, regularly goes to Gandhinagar to teach students in Braille school. He holds a simple cane to travel. Many a times, he faces problems while walking on the road as he ends up colliding with people and the wall.
Perhaps all this will not happen anymore. Shamim was in Navsari on Saturday morning, along with five other visually-impaired friends from Ahmedabad who were among the beneficiaries of Daisy players and smart cane at the Divyang camp in Navsari. The Daisy player, a hand-held potable device, records speeches, music and conversations between people and plays when needed.
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Shamim said, “I have heard about Daisy player and smart cane, but I could not afford it as my salary is low (Rs 5,000) and there is nobody to donate. There is a sensor attached to the smart cane and it vibrates when a person or a thing is three metres away. As the object or person approaches near, the speed of its vibrator increases, alerting its user. The Daisy player will help me record the school syllabus. I am thankful to the Divyang camp and Modi.”