The Calcutta Stock Exchange on Monday formally released a book on the capital market for the visually challenged. The book in Braille , titled ‘Taking Stock’, has been written and compiled by Samik Bhaduri, a senior executive of CSE.

B. Madhav Reddy, the MD & CEO of CSE, told Business Line that the book would be made available free of cost to the visually challenged investors or potential investors.

Thousand copies will be printed in the first edition. “A number of copies of the book would be sent to all the major libraries in the country and institutions for the visually challenged”, Reddy said.

The Regional Braille Press of Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys’ Academy here has embossed the book in Braille. The exchange funded the project cost of Rs 2 lakh for the first edition through its “Investor Protection Fund”.

Swami Suparnanandaji Maharaj, Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith launched the book at a function on investor awareness for the visually challenged and hearing impaired persons on the special occasion of the International Day for People with Disability.

More editions

“India is now home to the world's largest number of visually challenged people – 15 million of the 39 million people across the globe.

We, in our modest effort in financial inclusion, attempted to handhold visually challenged persons”, Reddy said.

CSE, one of the oldest stock exchanges in country, planned to extend this pioneering initiative through more editions in future.

Six visually challenged persons, who have excelled in the professional life, were also honoured at the function. The honour-list included Asish Jha of IBM, Mohammad Asif Iqbal of PwC, Amiyo Biswas of Central Excise Department, Sudeshna Bhattacharya of Wipro, Swapan Gupta, a renowned singer and Sonali Pani, a school teacher.

(This article was published on December 3, 2012)
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