The government is eyeing Guinness Book of Records on Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s 66th birthdaythis Saturday. In a major initiative in his home state Gujarat, Modi would distribute assistive aids and appliances in Navsari to 11,000 differently-abled persons – the highest ever number in the world.
In the run-up to the grand ceremony, the government is eyeing three more Guinness records on the eve. These include 1,000 oil lamps lit by differently-abled at one time, a formation by 1,000 wheelchair-bound persons and distribution of hearing aid to 1,000 beneficiaries.
Lighting 1,000 oil lamps by differently-abled would be the first such attempt in the world. So far, the record of a formation by wheelchair-bound persons is held in US by 346 differently abled. India would try and break the record held in Australia when 500 persons were given hearing aids. Speaking to ET, department of empowerment of persons with disabilities joint secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi said, “We are attempting this record ceremony to bring awareness and change the mindset of the people.We have conducted three surveys to get over 11,000 beneficiaries in this area.”
Modi, alongwith social justice and empowerment minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot and area BJP MP C R Patil, would be giving tricycles, wheelchairs, cerebral palsy chair, multi sensory integrated educational development (MSIED) kit, calipers and prosthesis and loan cheques to 11,223 beneciaries in Navsari.
The event would be videographed properly and Guinness observers from UK would be watching and counting closely.