Human service is the best religion: Governor Kataria

Narayan Seva Sansthan's first artificial limb camp in Guwahati
Narayan Seva Sansthan's first artificial limb camp in Guwahati

Assam governor Gulab Chand Kataria on May 12 attended a free artificial limb measurement camp at Guwahati and said that serving humans is one of the best services one can do and it is the best religion.

Organised by Udaipur-based NGO Narayan Seva Sansthan, the camp witnessed participation of more than 500 differently-abled individuals with more than 200 completing their measurement for fitment of artificial limbs.

Governor Kataria commended Narayan Seva Sansthan for its longstanding commitment to the cause and congratulated its founder, Kailash Manav and president Prashant Agarwal, for their service in Assam.

He mentioned that serving humans is one of the best things a human can do. “Together with the joint efforts of government, we can integrate differently-abled individuals into society,” he said.

The governor added that the Narayan Seva Sansthan has been working tirelessly for the upliftment of the differently-abled individuals and hailed the sansthan for its nationwide outreach programme. He also assured Raj Bhavan’s support for expanding the organisation’s services. The governor extended his best wishes for the well-being of the differently-abled individuals and their families who attended the camp.

The event, held at Aashi Apsara Hall, Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati, saw the participation of over 1000 differently-abled and representatives from more than 30 local organizations. The camp was inaugurated with a ceremonial lamp lighting by governor Gulab Chand Kataria, along with his wife Anita Kataria; Vinod Lohia of Purbottar Pradeshiya Marwari Sammelan, Mahaveer Prasad Jain of Digamber Panchayat Bhavan Trust, Umesh Kumar of Bihar Foundation, Ramesh Goenka of Marwari Hospital, Ratan Lal Sharma of Brahmin Sabha, director of Narayan Seva Sansthan Vandana Agarwal, Bajrang Lal Surana of Shwetamber Jain Terapanth Sabha and Kailash Lohia of Guwahati Gaushala.

Sansthan director Vandana Agarwal provided an overview of the diverse range of free services offered by the Sansthan, including artificial limbs, corrective surgeries, daily meals for 5,000 people, Gurukul management, running the free Narayan Children Academy School for economically underprivileged children of 600 labourers, providing vocational training for computers, mobile repair, tailoring, and mehndi for hundreds of individuals with disabilities, and facilitating their mass weddings, as exemplary acts of humanitarian service.

Speaking to The News Mill, Agarwal said that people from other Northeast states like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, also took part in the free camp. She mentioned that after two months, another camp will be organized in Guwahati wherein the people who took their measurements on May 12 will get their free artificial limbs.

Camp coordinator Achal Singh Bhati reported that over 500 differently-abled individuals attended the camp, where a 20-member team from the sansthan provided services. Measurements were taken for fitting artificial limbs for 205 people and callipers for 80. Additionally, over 130 patients were selected for free surgeries in Udaipur.

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