From Jodhpur to Itanagar: Special teacher on a mission

From Jodhpur to Itanagar: Special teacher on a mission

| Sanjay MOSING |

ITANAGAR, Jun 5: Often many of us take our lives for granted. Despite being physically fit, we keep complaining and making excuses. But Jagdish Lohar (45), a differently-abled person from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, has proved that you don’t need physical fitness to succeed or achieve anything in life. All you need is willpower and determination.

Lohar, an award winning, person with loco-motor disability of the lower limbs, who has undertaken an extraordinary mission to spread awareness to end ‘jugaad’ tri-scooters used by him and those alike, arrived Itanagar on Monday from Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

He completed a distance of 2500 km ‘East to West: Cross country motivational expedition’ from Jodhpur to Itanagar in nine days. He organized it all on his own and did it solely for the motivation of ‘People with Special Needs’.

Lohar, who can also paint well, reportedly had started his journey on 26th May from Jodhpur and arrived at Itanagar on 4th June on his tri-scooter to press for the need of standard tri-scooters for differently abled people. Lohar was accompanied by Anand Adhikary, as a pillion rider.

They made their way through Jaipur, Agra, Gorakhpur, Darbhanga, New Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Tezpur.

Speaking to EoA, Lohar, who is a teacher at Kendra Vidhyalaya in Jodhpur, informed that the sole motto of his ‘East to West: Cross country motivational expedition’ was to motivate and build confidence among the differently abled people across the country.

“If you have confidence and will power you can achieve anything in life despite being differently abled and become a role model,” said Lohar, who is also a recipient of ‘role model award’ from Rajasthan government.

Lohar, also a hardcore adventurer, however expressed serious concern over non-production and manufacturing of standard tri-scooter for the differently abled people by the companies. “The tri-scooters used by people like us is not only a violation of the Indian Motor Vehicle Act but also technically not fit to be used,” he said adding, the reason is that the design is not approved by Automotive Research Association of India -a body that approves design of two and four wheeler vehicles.

Listing out the problems faced by persons with disability due to the ‘jugaad’ tri-scooters, he said, “Since these scooters are not technically fit, mechanical problems such as compromised functioning of the shockers and reduced suspension, driving is bumpy experience. For many of us, lower back pain is a helpless part of life.”

“I am out to draw the attention of the Indian government towards our problem through this journey,” asserted Lohar adding that the temporary arrangement of extra wheels comes with high wear and tear cost and low fuel efficiency. While appealing the companies to manufacture standard tri-scooter, he said that the standard tri-scooter on the other hand will contribute immensely to the quality of life of their life.

Sharing experience of his visit to Itanagar, Lohar said that he finds Arunachal Pradesh very beautiful and people are friendly. He also informed that he visited the state museum and got to learn a lot about Arunachal culture and its people.

Meanwhile, he informed that he had called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his office chamber on Tuesday and apprised him of his ‘East to West: Cross country motivational expedition’. “The Chief Minister appreciated me and assured to put forward my appeal to the appropriate level,” he stated.

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