Colombo: As many as 1,000 Sri Lankan Tamils,
who lost their limbs during the three decade long ethnic war,
today received a fresh lease of life as an Indian NGO provided
them with the artificial `Jaipur foot` at Vavuniya, once a
stronghold of the LTTE.
A team of 19 highly-skilled technicians of Bhagwan
Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), led by A B Sharma,
would provide the artificial limbs to the amputees for free
till April 10, an official of the Rajasthan-based NGO said.
"It may be noted that the amputees in the camp lost their
limbs during the recent civil war in the northern part of Sri
Lanka," the BMVSS said.
The organisation, with assistance of Indian government,
will also distribute artificial limbs in Jaffna, that are
cosmetically and functionally close to the human limb.
As a pilot project, 600 people in Jaffna who lost their
limbs in mine blasts and other war-related incidents will be
given artificial limbs, BMVSS said adding it will cost a total
Rs 15 lakh Indian rupees.
The artificial limbs, considered to be the most
inexpensive and cost effective in the world, would offer the
victims the required humanitarian care and rehabilitation at
the Vavuniya camp, an initiative of the government of India.
They would also fit the amputees with the Jaipur Knee.
According to D R Mehta, founder and chief patron of the
BMVSS, the organisation has so far fitted more than 3,70,000
artificial limbs and more than 300,000 calipers in India and