India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, flagged in the para-cycling team of amputees of Border Security Force (BSF) which had started off from Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
The objective of the para-cycling rally had been to bolster the morale of the force personnel who had been victims of various attacks or accidents during their duties and synchronous with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of empowerment of Divyaang’s.
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (DEPwD) is running the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) for creating universal accessibility in built environment, public transportation and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem.
BSF has resolved to mark the year 2016 as the year of “Divyang Yodha”. A para cycling expedition, led by R K Negi, Commandant BSF, with the name ‘Infinity Ride-2016’ has started from Manali, Himachal Pradesh on 5th August 2016 to kick start the drive of empowerment of Divyangjan.
The expedition has covered 583 Kms of Himalayan heights to exhibit the commitment of BSF that nothing is impossible.
The Infinity Ride team had nine divyangjan of BSF, other CAPFs and of Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) which were supported by BSF Institute of Advance Adventure Training (BIAAT) and AMF.
The total team of 34 members have rode through tough terrain, in difficult weather conditions, crossing many mountain passes and reached Khardung La on 15th Aug 2016, the 70th Independence Day, to celebrate the victory of divyangjan over their inhibitions within.
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