Pir Panjal Brigade and Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group as part of their continuous efforts aimed towards social upliftment organised an eight day Artificial Limb Fitment camp at Youth Center, Boniyar, Baramulla. The camp was set up by Indian Army under Sadhbhawana Program in association with Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group which catered for more than 300 fitments to persons with disability between 16th to 22nd September, 2018. The camp has provided end-to-end support in Limb fitment, Caliper fitment, Walkers, Elbow Crutches, and other assistive aids, all in same day and as per requirement, absolutely free of cost.
The activity is part of ‘Saksham’ – a CSR initiative of Minda Corporation, the flagship company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group to help persons with disabilities (PWDs). Under Saksham, the Group aims to provide accessible and assistive technologies, impart skill training through OJT(On the job training), create inclusive workplace and ergonomics, train them for 5s and life skills and employ PWD’s. The Group has already successfully organised Artificial Limb fitment camps in India, Indonesia and Vietnam, which benefitted around 3,725 people.
Seven persons with disability were brought from Bandi (Jammu & Kashmir) to Spark Minda Artificial Limb Fitment Camp which was held at Noida (UP) in 2017 and later considering the number of needy people in the valley, Spark Minda proposed to set up a camp in Boniyar/ Rampur, District – Baramulla (J&K). Four members of Spark Minda Foundation and nine members from Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklaang Sahatya Samiti (Jaipur Foot, Technical Partner) executed the camp under leadership of Praveen Karn, Head- Group CSR, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.
Speaking on the occasion, General Officer Commanding, Dagger Division, General, Gulab Singh Rawat, Yuddh Sewa Medal, Sena Medal said, “We are extremely happy to set-up this camp, which aimed at the physical and socio-economic rehabilitation of persons with disability, especially the underprivileged, so that they can lead a life of dignity and become productive and sustained members of the community. People from Hathlanga, Gagar Hill, Paro, Charunda, Uri, Tangdhar, Kupwada, Bandipura, Tithwal, Handwara, Pattan, Gulmarg and many other remote villages of border areas have been benefitted from this camp. During the Camp, approximately 300 fitments were provided, I am sure the persons with disability would have been immensely benefitted from the programme.”
Ashok Minda, Group CEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group said, “We are grateful to Pir Panjal Brigade for giving us this opportunity to work with them for this noble cause aimed at bringing about a positive transformation in the lives of individuals. As an organisation, we have been working towards this cause for decades now and we understand the need and importance of such initiatives which give a second life to people with disabilities, encouraging them to live a dignified and complete life. We look forward to working on similar such activities with the Pir Panjal Brigade in future as well.”