Veerendra Raj Mehta
President Pranab Mukherjee (right) presenting the Padma Shri Award to Mehta (left) in New Delhi on April 08, 2015
Jodhpur, India
OccupationSocial worker
Known forJaipur foot
SpouseVimla Mehta
ChildrenProf Shailendra Raj Mehta & Atty Sandhya Mehta
AwardsPadma Shri

Veerendra Raj Mehta is an Indian social worker, a former Joint Secretary to the Government of India, a trustee of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and a former Senior Specialist of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines and a Consultant at the World Bank and the African Development Bank.[1][2] He is the elder brother of Devendra Raj Mehta, a 2008 winner of Padma Bhushan and the founder of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur, the makers of renowned Jaipur foot, where Veerendra Raj Mehta is also an honorary executive President.[3]

Mehta is credited with taking Jaipur Foot[4] beyond the Indian boundaries,[5] founded the Mahaveer Philippines Foundation Inc. (MPFI) and has established three centres of the prosthetic makers in Philippines.[1][6] He has been honoured by the Philippines House of Representatives in 2010 and has been presented with the key to the city of Manila in 1993.[1] He was honoured by the Government of India in 2015 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.[1][7]––He has co-authored a book titled "Mother Teresa - Inspiring Incidents" with his wife Vimla Mehta, based on their close association of 15 years with Mother Teresa and her work in Manila, Philippines.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Press Note". Press Note. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.. He has also served as a Director of Tata Motors for over 11 years.
  2. ^ "Jaipur Foot". Jaipur Foot. 2015. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ Dhar, Aarti (8 September 2014). "PM appreciates contribution of Jaipur Foot". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Jaipur Foot". YouTube video. Black Berry. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. ^ "IBN Live". IBN Live. 5 March 2013. Archived from the original on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Going global with the Jaipur Foot". Jaipur Foot. 2015. Archived from the original on 3 August 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Padma Awards". Padma Awards. 2015. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.