On the occasion of his 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched the ‘India for Humanity’ initiative on 9th October 2018. This initiative focussed on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring, and service to humanity. Under this initiative, 13 artificial limb fitment camps were organized in 12 countries and more than 6500 artificial limbs were fitted. These camps were fully sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs and materialized by the renowned charitable organization “Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti” (BMVSS).
These camps generated a lot of goodwill for India in countries where these were organized such as in Malawi, Iraq, Nepal, Egypt, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Syria, etc. These camps aim to provide for the physical, economic, and social rehabilitation of amputees by helping them regain their mobility and dignity to become self-respecting and productive members of society. India has been extending humanitarian assistance under its Development Partnership which is derived by its core value of Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam.
In this context, on 5th August 2020, the Agreement between the MEA and BMVSS is extended for a further 3 years i.e. till March 2023. Shri Rahul Chhabra, Secretary (ER), signed the Agreement on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs whereas Shri Satish Mehta signed on behalf of BMVSS.