Sunday, September 26, 2021

‘Operation Blue Freedom’: An expedition by ‘Divyangjans’ to the world’s highest battlefield

Bringing India on the global stage as a leader in empowering Divyangjan (people with disabilities), Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr Virendra Kumar flagged off ‘Operation Blue Freedom’, an expedition by the people with disabilities from across India to the world’s highest battlefield – Siachen Glacier.

Under the initiative, selected people with disabilities from across the nation will undertake an expedition to Kumar Post (Siachen Glacier) to create a new world record to scale the world’s highest battlefield.

The Union Minister unfurled the national flag at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi to start the pioneering expedition ‘Operation Blue Freedom’. Dr Ambedkar International Centre is a premier autonomous research body, which is working towards providing policy feed to empower marginalised communities and to bring in Socio-Economic transformation in the society.

Supporting this world record expedition of people with disabilities to Siachen Glacier, Dr Ambedkar International Centre has been working towards the cause and betterment of Divyanjans of the country.

Team CLAW in action

The team of people with disabilities has been trained by ‘Team CLAW’, an elite team of Former Special Forces Veterans working towards creating ecosystems for people with disabilities to thrive.

The team will drive via Manali to Leh and will prepare for the Siachen Glacier world record expedition. The team will subsequently undergo three stages of acclimatisation and training at Leh (Stage 1), Siachen base camp (Stage 2) and North Pullu (Stage 3) before being inducted into the Siachen Base Camp for the final expedition.

The final leg of the expedition from Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, standing tall at an altitude of 15,632 feet, will commence on September 1, this year.

Set up by Major Vivek Jacob, a retired Para Special Forces officer,in January 2019, CLAW has been pioneering the teachings of life skills to adventurers and people with disabilities.

Government’s push for empowering ‘Divyangjans’

India has been leading the globe by empowering the Divyangjans through the plethora of initiatives. Recently, the Government of India had permitted the team of selected people with disabilities to scale Siachen Glacier. The pioneering expedition has brought India on the global stage as a leader in empowering Divyangjan and set a benchmark for other nations to emulate.

The expedition is aligned with Prime Minister Narender Modi’s vision for Divyangjan and the Ministry of Social Justice Empowerment’s pursuit to harness the immense productive potential of people with disabilities. Simultaneously, the initiative has portrayed the skill and heart of India’s Armed Forces not only on the Battlefield but off it as well.

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