Chief Minister of India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu K Palaniswami on Monday pledged to donate his eyes. The Chief Minister is the equivalent of a governor in India.
“An eye donation for the visually impaired is the best donation. After realising the benefits of the sacred eye donation, I pledge to donate my eyes,” Palaniswami wrote on twitter.
The chief minister was presented a certificate by the principal secretary.
Palaniswami also launched a dedicated website of the state health and family welfare department to help people interested in eye donation.
“Since many prospective donors were not aware of how to go about for eye donation, this website will help create a registry of such persons and also spread awareness on the subject,” a statement issued by local government said.
The chief minister’s pledge coincided with the national eye donation fortnight.
Reports said Tamil Nadu remains at the forefront in eye and organ donation across India. (Xinhua/NAN)