Dr. D R Mehta, founder and chief patron of the organization that popularized
the Jaipur Foot gets Rajasthan Ratna Awards 2013. D.R. Mehta (born June 25, 1937) is a former chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India. He is a founder and chief patron of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the world's largest organization for the handicapped in terms of free fitment of artificial limbs/calipers etc. Mehta is a recipient of Padma Bhushan, one of the highest Indian civilian awards, for his contribution to social cause. The Jaipur Foot is a household name among people who live in the world's
many war zones. From Afghanistan to Angola, the below-the-knee limb is
famous for transforming the lives of thousands of land mine amputees. Rajasthan Ratna awardees are given Rs 1 lakh as cash, a shawl and a citation by the stategovernor,chief minister and minister of art and culture.This award is on the lines of the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna that is conferred by the central govt of India .