Nashik: Amway India, the country’s largest FMCG Direct Selling company, recently facilitated an Investor Education and Financial planning workshop for its NGO partner National Association of Blind (NAB), Maharashtra unit in Nashik.
The workshop saw active participation from more than 50 visually impaired (VI) people of Nashik and nearby locations. Securities and market regulator – Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI) conducted this workshop as part of its drive to create awareness on Financial planning and Savings among visually blind persons and thus increase their participation in securities market.
On this unique initiative, Rajat Banerji, National Head, Corporate Affairs, Amway India said, “We have been working incessantly working towards the welfare of the visually impaired since 1996 with the aim to facilitate education and economic independence for them.
Our endeavour has been to bring some meaningful difference in the lives of the visually impaired people and today’s workshop on Investor education & financial planning is one such step in that direction.
We applaud and appreciate the efforts undertaken by SEBI for expanding its outreach to people with disabilities and empowering them with the knowledge to secure their economic independence.”
He further added, “National Association of Blind (NAB) is the nodal organization to engage visually impaired people efficiently across India and is one of the best ways to channelize the efforts of SEBI to educate them on basics of investments and savings through securities markets, which is crucial to secure their financial future.
At Amway, we are committed to provide all the support to NAB to access this special financial education workshop and thus maximize its benefit for visually impaired people across India.”
SEBI’s extensive awareness programme is targeted at different participants starting from college students to government employees, private sector employees, self-employed, retirees, women and so on.
The 3 hours long workshop was conducted by Rahul Kelapure, SEBI’s first visually impaired Grade B legal officer, who covered details around the importance of financial security and planning along with basics of securities market.
He further delved deeper into the information on various investment avenues such as shares, mutual funds among other investment options. In addition to these, the workshop also covered the roles and responsibilities of SEBI as a regulator and highlighted the grievance redressal mechanism set up for investors’ complaints.
Commenting on the workshop, Rahul Kelapure, Grade B legal officer, SEBI, said, “The purpose of the workshop is to make the visually challenged participants aware about investment opportunities available in the securities market and equip them with the right kind of knowledge.
Through this, they can start investing in the securities market which will help them become independent in making their investment choices and become responsible in the money matters.”