DIBRUGARH, March 15 � At least 77 physically challenged people, including children, were given artificial limbs and calipers free of cost during an event organised by the Marwari Yuva Manch, Dibrugarh Greater, at Shree Agrasen Milan Mandir Hall here on Friday.
Subir Kejriwal, president of the Marwari youth body, while handing over the aid and appliances during the last day of the artificial limb and calipers camp, said that the present initiative was a part of the various welfare activities taken up by the Marwari Yuva Manch. �We believe that the initiative would usher in a new beginning for all the beneficiaries of the camp,� the president said.
It needs to be mentioned here that the camp beginning with the screening of the physically challenged and ending with the presentation of artificial limbs and appliances was jointly sponsored by Niranjan Bagaria in memory of his father, Durgadutt Bagaria, and Murli Manohar Bagaria, Shiv Bagaria and Chandra Prakash Bagaria in memory of their father, Nand Kishore Bagaria. The technical team, which manufactured the artificial limbs and calipers after screening about 112 people within three days, was hired from Siliguri. The unit manufacturing artificial limbs and calipers is being run by the Siliguri branch of the Marwari Yuva Manch and the National Marwari Foundation, Arjun Harlalka, the project chairman of artificial limbs and calipers, stated.
Lohit Das, a physically challenged person from Mohannaghat, said that he was indebted to the donors and organisers for the noble gesture. He said that he was curious to explore the new appliance. �I do not know how it will help me. I will realise only after a few days of use,� he told this correspondent.
Dr AK Adhikari, principal, Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), attended the programme as the chief guest, while Dr Ranjit Baruah, HoD, Orthopaedic Department, AMCH, Dr H Kalita, vice principal of the AMCH, and Dr SC Jain, former vice principal of the AMCH, attended the camp as guests of honour.