Venkaiah Naidu launches Jaipur Foot camp in Malawi -
Venkaiah Naidu launches Jaipur Foot camp in Malawi
Posted 06 Nov 2018 01:18 PM

Four of them, two men and two women, were nearly invisible in a room that included a nation’s Vice-President, ministers and media of two nations. Then one by one each of them was given what they had come for. The first man first walked, then jogged. The second one found his feet, his balance, and sported a wide smile. The third, a woman, did a little dance as she walked across the room, the fourth just found enough time to stand next to the dignitaries to pose for a photograph.

The four mentioned above were provided a Jaipur Foot each by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. Nearly 10,000 differently abled people will be able to walk across the world using the Indian-made prosthetic limb provided by the Indian government to commemorate the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.

The camp in Malawi is the first in a series of 18 to be organised over the next year. The Jaipur Foot will be provided to 500 people in each 40-day camp.

In his final engagement during a three-nation tour in Africa, Naidu launched the ‘India for Humanity’ event in Lilongwe under which Jaipur Foot camps will be held across the continents. Naidu said it was being launched from the “warm heart of Africa” as it was here that Gandhi “took his first steps towards becoming a Mahatma, a great soul” and inspired generations.

Gandhi’s life, he said, is an eloquent expression of the attitude and value system of service to humanity, as he himself had said, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. The Indian government is launching India for Humanity to take Gandhi’s message “to all parts of the world over the next one year” as India celebrates the “values of humanism” embodied by Gandhi, Naidu said.

The Indian government will partner with Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayta Samiti in the India for Humanity initiative. Naidu said the organisation is the largest of its kind providing prosthetic limbs.

Earlier in the day, Naidu called on President of Malawi Peter Arthur Mutharika. Secretary, Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs T S Tirumurti said that the meeting was “extremely warm and friendly”.

People who were present at the meeting mentioned that Malawi’s President mentioned his brother Bingu wa Mutharika, who was the country’s President till 2012 and an alumnus of Delhi University in the 1960s. He recalled the trip he had taken to India with his brother in 2010. He welcomed Naidu, Tirumurti said, “as a brother” and was “deeply appreciative of” Naidu’s visit and expressed “confidence that this visit… has strengthened our relations and brought about tangible gains in our mutual engagement”.

The President also “expressed his determination to work closely with India in economic and other areas to reinforce our close bilateral relations”, Tirumurti said.

Naidu told Malawi’s President that he was satisfied that many development projects had been completed in Malawi under assistance. He also conveyed India’s willingness to extend the new line of credit of $215.16 million for 18 water projects spread over many areas of Malawi, Tirumurti said. India will construct a Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Blantyre through a grant assistance.

During an India Malawi Business meet on Monday morning, the Vice President unveiled plaques for a Business Incubation Centre in Mponela and for the India Africa Centre for Agriculture and

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