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India for Humanity-Jaipur Foot event organised at US Capitol building

India for Humanity-Jaipur Foot event was recently organised at United States Capitol building to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It was jointly by Indian Embassy and Jaipur Foot USA.

About India for Humanity initiative

It was launched by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in October 2018 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and honour of his service to humanity. Under it, artificial limb fitment camps are held across different countries identified through missions with financial support of Central government (MEA).

Objective: To provide physical, socio-economic rehabilitation of differently-abled around world by helping them regain their mobility and dignity to become self-respecting and productive members of society. It is based Father of Nation-Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring and service to humanity.

Implementation: For this initiative, MEA has collaborated with renowned charitable organisation Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the parent body of Jaipur Foot. So far, BMVSS has conducted 78 camps in 33 countries under this programme, with the sanctions of the Government of India, fitting total of 5152 limbs in these camps.

About Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS)

It is non-profit organization founded by Devendra Raj Mehta in 1975. It famously known by its trademark limb ‘Jaipur Foot’. It is world’s largest non-profit organization for handicapped in terms of fitment of artificial limb, calipers etc and providing ambulatory aids like wheel chairs, and other aids and appliances totally free of cost without any geographical, gender or community bias. It has served more than 1.8 million amputees in India and other parts of the world.

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Assam Government to launch Arundhati Swarna Yojana

Assam Government has announced to launch ‘Arundhati Swarna Yojana’ on 1 January 2020.  Under this scheme, state government will give each beneficiary bride fixed amount to buy 10 grams (one tola)  of gold during her marriage if the marriage is registered. The scheme will cost around Rs 800 crore annually on the state government exchequer.

About Arundhati Swarna Yojana

Objective: It is aimed to strengthen women empowerment and reduce child marriage.

Features: Under this scheme, State government will not give the gold directly to beneficiary bride but will provide Rs. 30,000 to purchase 10 gms of gold. To avail this benefit, the eligible bride and bridegroom must apply for the scheme before the date of their wedding.

Eligibility Criteria of the scheme: (i) The annual income of the bride’s family must be less than Rs. 5 lakh. (ii) Minimum age should be 18 years and 21 years for the bride and bridegroom respectively. (iii) Bride should have minimum education of 10th standard. However, this requirement of minimum educational qualification criteria is not required for tribes and workers of tea gardens. (iv) Family has to register their marriage under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954.

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