Jalandhar: A team of BSF Punjab Frontier, Jalandhar on Friday started a 10-day long Para Cycling Expedition ie Infinity Ride from Manali to Khardungla in Himachal Pradesh, dedicated to the Divyang persons. The expedition would conclude on August 15.
The para cycling expedition was launched under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (DEPwD), which was running the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) for creating universal accessibility in built environment, public transportation and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) eco-system.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while chairing a meeting before launch of Accessible India Campaign (AIC) had expressed the desire that the campaign should be made a mass movement by involving citizens in various states and sensitizing the society towards disability and the need for accessibility.
In this direction, the BSF Punjab Frontier Border resolved to mark the year 2016 as the year of “Divyang Yodha.” A ‘Divyang Yodha Skill Mission’ was planned with a series of activities.To launch the year long activities and start the continued commitment to the cause the para cycling expedition was flagged off by Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat from Mall Road, Nehru Park in Manali.
The Governor of Himachal Pradesh was welcomed by Rajni Kant Mishra, ADG (HR) BSF. The chief guest congratulated the BSF and Aditya Mehta Foundation for initiating the movement which would generate social consciousness as well as awareness among the masses. BSF Punjab Frontier Inspector General Anil Paliwal and other senior officials of Himachal Pradesh government, BSF and civil dignitaries also graced the occasion.
The Infinity Ride would cover Manali- Khardungla stretch, which was the highest motorable road at 18,430 feet altitude.The cycle expedition started from Manali and would further pass through Keylong and culminate at Khardungla after covering 583 kilometers of Himalayan heights.The cycle expedition would be flagged off from Khardungla by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on August 15.
It is pertinent to mention here that BSF, the world’s largest border guarding force was raised in the year 1965. Making humble beginning with 25 Battalions, drawn from different states, the legend that was born in 1965 has today become a formidable epic. The BSF has since then has etched its history in golden letters as country’s ‘First Line of Defence’.
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