Dr. Narendra Jadhav, the member of the Planning Commission was present in the satellite city to be a part of an event held to celebrate World Disability Day. Prior to his visit to the event, Dr. Narendra Jadav met NMTV Editor In Chief and the President of the Handicap Welfare Association Dr. Ravi Subbaiah to discuss on the issues concerning the physically challenged across the city. The member of the Planning Commission, Dr. Narendra Jadhav was in the satellite city to visit an event organized by the Apang Utkarsha Seva Sanstha to mark World Disability Day. During his visit to grace the occasion at Vashi, Dr. Narendra Jadhav also met NMTV Editor-In-Chief and President of Handicap Welfare Association Dr. Ravi Subbaiah to discuss the various issues and problems faced by the physically challenged across the country and spoke on measures that could resolve these issues. Dr. Narendra Jadav was very keen to understand the problems of the physically challenged, as Dr. Ravi Subbaiah being a physically challenged himself could convey the plight of these special people more accurately. Dr. Narendra Jadhav was appointed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as Member, Planning Commission on July 27, 2009. He previously worked as the Vice Chancellor for University of Pune and also served the Reserve Bank of India for 31 years. NMTV News spoke We exclusively with the Planning Commission member who stated that while the exact data of physically challenged was not recorded, roughly the figure was close to 2.50 crores. He informed that a major chunk of this population was from the rural areas with only 34% employed. It was a delight for the physically challenged to have a dignified personality as Dr. Narendra Jadhav present with them during their celebrations. On the occasion, the NGO also launched its website along with felicitating the speaking and hearing impaired students. These special students sang without words, danced without listening to songs, played music without hearing, and read out poem despite being blind and won the hearts of the audience. Students of Hellen Keller institute performed and proved that they are not less than anyone. Also present were NMMC commissioner Vijay Nahata, BJP leader Suresh Haware and Director of NMMC’s ETC Varsha Bhagat. On the occasion, NMMC commissioner Vijay Nahata said that if the Planning Commission passes rule for all public buildings to have separate passages for the physically challenged, NMMC would be the first to follow it. Announcing good news for the physically challenged of the city, he said that a centre exclusively for the physically challenged was being constructed near the Vashi railway station. Suresh Haware was amazed when the hearing and speaking impaired students sang the National anthem. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Shilpa Suryawanshi for NMTV news.