Berhampur, October 3 (LocalWire): The Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SS&PWD) minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Thursday inaugurated the modern Braille production machine procured by the Red Cross Braille Press here.
The new machine that has been procured from Germany at Rs 1.18 crore is the second such machine in the country after Mumbai.
“The new machine will help the state government print Plus II level textbooks for the visual-challenged students in the state,” the minister said, adding that several Odia books that were so far out-of-bounds for them will now be made available in Braille language.
“Around 50 to 60 error-free Braille pages per hour can be produced through this new machine.
Moreover, the graphs and diagrams in Braille language can also be drawn through this, which will be an advantage for the visual-challenged persons,” Panda said.
The Braille press was established in 1986 to print books for the visually-challenged, particularly for the primary students in the state.
It was computerised in 2013 with the installation of a computer that was inaugurated by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on 3 October 2013.
“Since this is the only Braille press in the state, we are responsible for supplying Braille textbooks for classes one to ten, besides some rules and Acts of the government,” Red Cross Braille Press manager Prakash Narayan Rath said.