Jaipur Foot for 1,000 Iraqis

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with the Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti technicians in New Delhi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S. Subramanium

New Delhi: Around 1,000 Iraqis who lost their legs will be able to walk again, thanks to a Jaipur-based organisation which plans to equip them with the famous Jaipur Foot.

22-member delegation

A 22-member delegation of the Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) embarked for Iraq on Monday.

The BMVSS will set up a camp with Iraq's Chalabi Trust and Pakistan's Haswa Trust.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi flagged-off the delegation from her residence.

The team which will reach the middle-east country on Tuesday.

Month-long initiative

According to D.R. Mehta of BMVSS, the delegation will be in Iraq for a month, during which it will distribute the Jaipur foot among those injured in the wars that ravaged the country.

“A record”

“We will fix artificial limbs on around 1,000 people. This will be a record in itself,” Mr. Mehta said.

The Jaipur Foot is a rubber-based prosthetic leg for people with below-knee amputations. — PTI