India provided 7,000 differently-abled foreigners with an artificial limb ‘Jaipur Foot’ and enabled them to walk with dignity in the past three years. Under a collaboration between the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the makers of the world-famous ‘Jaipur Foot’—Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the artificial limbs were provided to the differently-abled persons under the programme “India for Humanity”. The programme was part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to help and rehabilitate differently-abled persons.
India earned goodwill
Satish Mehta, the international affairs honorary director of the BMVSS and a former Indian ambassador to Kuwait said that India earned tremendous goodwill by organising the rehabilitation camps in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Malawi, Uganda, Senegal, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Namibia and Nepal where experts of BMVSS provided the artificial limbs to these countries.
Contract renewed for 3 years
Mehta said the ministry of external affairs after the successful conduct of these camps has renewed its agreement with the BMVSS for a period of another three years.
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Mehta said in the future similar rehabilitation camps will be organised in Mozambique, Syria, Malaysia, Djibouti, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Senegal and Sri Lanka.
19,244 people rehabilitated
The general body and managing committee’s meeting was held on Sunday in which the executive presidents of the BMVSS Salahuddin Ahmed and Surendra Singh Bhandari said in the past nine months, 19,244 handicapped persons were rehabilitated by providing them artificial limbs, callipers, crutches, walker, tricycles, wheelchairs and hearing aids.
The founder and the chief patron of the BMVSS informed the meeting that BMVSS, during the lockdown, provided free food packets to the poor and for this, the BMVSS gave assistance of Rs 52 lakh to the Kuhad Trust which served as the agency for providing free food packets in Jaipur to the poor and migrants.
The secretaries informed the meeting that 3500 persons during the past nine months were provided artificial limbs and other aids and appliances by holding camps in different parts of the state.
The BMVSS received financial support from Azim Premji Foundation; Infosys; Dow Chemicals, Mumbai; Hero Moto Corp, Delhi; State Bank of India; General Insurance; RIICO; Paul Hamlyn Foundation, London; Glenmark, Mumbai; and Anglo Scottish Education, Mumbai.
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