Modi’s birthday celebrations target 4 records

One of the records will involve 1,000 people on wheelchairs

Gulf News

New Delhi: Celebrations for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 66th birthday, to be held on September 17 at Navasari district in Gujarat, are being planned on a grand scale — with organisers targeting three Guinness world records and one national record.

The organising committee is aiming to break the world record for the highest number of people in wheelchairs forming an image or logo.

The previous record was set in the US by 346 wheelchair-bound people in 2010.

The new record will involve 1,000 persons on wheelchairs, sources in the organising committee told Gulf News.

The celebrations, to be organised by the Gujarat state government, will also see the distribution of 17,000 kits among 11,223 handicapped people.

Another record is expected to be set when providing hearing aids to another 1,000 hearing-impaired persons.

The previous record was made in Australia.

Also 1,500 oil lamps will be lit simultaneously at a single location to establish another record.

The whole event will be monitored by officials from the Guinness World Records.

“The programme is inspired by the central government’s ‘Accessible India’ campaign. Under this, people with disability will be given hearing aids, wheelchairs and tricycles, chairs meant for cerebral palsy patients, calipers and prosthetics and multi-sensory integrated educational development kits,” the organising committee said in a release.

The intended beneficiaries will also receive cheques for various amounts under the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons With Disabilities.

“The main aim of the event is to serve the disabled people. We are aiming at four records. And for that, we are preparing at a grand level,” Navsari District Collector Ravi Arora informed Gulf News.