Special Correspondent

To fit artificial limbs on the amputees who lost their limbs during the recent civil war

JAIPUR: A team comprising 19 technicians of Bhagwan Mahaveer Vikalang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) has left here for Colombo, Sri Lanka, to organise a camp for fitting the famous Jaipur Foot and Jaipur Knee artificial limbs on the amputees who lost their limbs during the recent civil war in northern parts of the island country.

The team will be holding the camp at Vavunia till April 10 to provide the rehabilitation care to about 1,000 Tamil refugees free of cost. The humanitarian camp being organised on the Union Government's initiative is expected to earn an enormous goodwill for India.

BMVSS founder and chief patron D. R. Mehta said here on Thursday that the philanthropic group had so far provided more than 3.70 lakh artificial limbs and 3 lakh callipers to the amputees, giving them an opportunity to walk smoothly again.

“The mobility obtained through the artificial limbs helps the disabled people change their lives and earn livelihood in a dignified manner,” said Mr. Mehta, the former SEBI chairman. The beneficiaries include accident, civil war and landmine victims in various countries.

The BMVSS has conducted as many as 36 such camps in various parts of the world, particularly in the countries that witnessed wars, internal disturbances, external aggression and terrorist attacks rendering thousands of people disabled.

Mr. Mehta pointed out that the BMVSS had provided 16,500 artificial limbs in the countries such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, Somalia, etc.