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New Delhi Correspondent
India has launched an international humanitarian initiative featuring a year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps in a number of countries across the globe coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary of apostle of non-violence Mahatma Gandhi.
The initiative called ‘India for Humanity’ was formally launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at a ceremony in New Delhi attended by resident heads of diplomatic mission and other members of the diplomatic corps and senior officers of the Indian government.
As part of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi being held over the next one year, the Ministry of External Affairs has launched the ‘India for Humanity’ initiative in honour of his service to humanity with its focus on Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring and service to humanity.
The initiative has been launched in collaboration with a charitable body which is among the world’s largest organisations for the fitment of artificial limbs and has till date served over 1.73 million amputees.
The limb fitment camps, which aim to provide for the physical, economic and social rehabilitation of the differently-abled around the world by helping them regain their mobility and dignity to become self-respecting and productive members of the society, will be fully sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs.