Vice President Gives Warm Send-off to Jaipur Foot Team for Afghanistan

Jaipur,Vice President Shri Mohammed Hamid Ansari on Thursday evening gave a warm send-off to the Jaipur based Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti's (BMVSS) team for Afghanistan. The BMVSS are the makers of the world famous Jaipur Foot and a 25 -member team of  doctors, specialists and artisan led by the founder and chief patron of the BMVSS Shri D R Mehta would hold a month-long special on-the-spot  fitment camp for the Afghan amputees at Kabul  starting from June 8. In this camp one thousand amputees would be equipped with the artificial limbs free of any cost.

The Vice President at a ceremony at the Vice President's House gave the send-off to the team and hoped that the team would benefit a thousand Afghans who lost their limbs because of wars and for various other reasons. Vice president Shri Ansari said that the conflicts and wars resulted in loss of life and also disrupted the peace. There are many people who wear despair on their faces because of loss of their limbs which forced them to lead a partial life. He said such sufferings are difficult to be measured in human terms. But India as a good friendly nation has always tried to bring smile in the lives of the suffering people and Jaipur Foot has done its bit by providing mobility to the disabled. close.
 The function was attended by the Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot and the Afghanistan ambassador to India Shadia Mohammed Abdali Secretary in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Ms. Stuti Kakkar,. Shri Vineet Nayyar, president of the BMVSS, Shri V.R. Mehta, vice president of the BMVSS and Shri S.S.Bissa, Chief Executive officer of BMVSS were also present.
The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot lauded the role of the BMVSS in helping the disabled by providing Jaipur Foot. Shri Gehlot said that the BMVSS provides the fitment to the disabled free of cost which is still laudable as those who cannot afford the artificial limbs now find the prosthetics within their reach. He said his Ministry has initiated several programmes to provide relief to the disabled by launching various incentive schemes to bring happiness to such disabled.
Shri Gehlot said that the efforts of BMVSS were laudable in organizing such camp in Afghanistan. Shri Gehlot said that his ministry would support the BMVSS if the BMVSS conduct such camps in other SAARC nations.    
 The Afghanistan Ambassador to India Shri Shadia Mohammed Abdali said Afghanistan has a very large population of the disabled who require attention. He said land mining devices in the conflict zones and even in the highway has taken a very heavy toll of lives of the people. Such devices which should be condemned have also rendered large number of people disabled. Ambassador Shri Abdali said that the BMVSS endeavour is laudable and his country would  always be grateful for this generous gesture of providing artificial limbs to the disabled.

Shri DR Mehra, the founder and chief patron of BMVSS said that the holding of the fitment camp was made possible because of the initiatives taken by the Afghanistan government. Earlier also the BMVSS had conducted camps on four occasions in Kabul in which 3051 disabled were provided with the artificial limbs. He said the Jaipur Foot is known for its high technology along with durability and low  cost. This prosthetics is easy to use and is as efficient as any other expensive prosthetics developed in the advanced western countries. He said while a good artificial limb produced in the western countries cost $ 10,000, the Jaipur Foot is produced at a cost of Rs 2500 only.
He said during the camp in Kabul, the BMVSS experts would train three Afghanistani artisans and they would be further trained at the Jaipur centre of BMVSS.The BMVSS would also help the Afghan government in setting up a rehabilitation centre at the National Institute of Disabled at Kabul. he said this cooperation would go a long way in helping the cause of the disabled and they would be able to get the Jaipur Foot in Kabul and other centeres soon. The BMVSS would provide all the technical support in setting up the facilities free.
Shri D R Mehta presented a replica of the Jaipur Foot to the Vice president. The vice president met the doctors, specialists and artisans of the team and wished them all the success. Shri VR Mehta p proposed the vote of thanks.

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