Nagpur: Centre To Distribute 2.41 Lakh Equipment To Senior Citizens And Differently-abled Persons

by Arun Kumar Das - Aug 26, 2022 11:12 AM +05:30 IST
Nagpur: Centre To Distribute 2.41 Lakh Equipment To Senior Citizens And Differently-abled PersonsScreening camps were organised for senior citizens and differently-abled people under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana. (Pixabay)

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said it's the government's endeavour to reach out to every last person of the society, to help them in their development and serve them.

Gadkari, along with Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar, inaugurated free equipment and material distribution programme to senior citizens and differently-abled people in South Nagpur.

This programme, under the central government's National Vayoshree and ADIP (Assistance to Disabled Persons) scheme, was held on Thursday (25 August).

Gadkari said, "We are committed to the program."

In 2016, the government issued the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in the country. Keeping this in mind, screening camps were organised for senior citizens and differently-abled people from 27 February to 23 April 2022 under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana.

Under this, about 36,000 people including 28,000 in Nagpur city and 8,000 in rural Nagpur were screened, and 2 lakh 41 thousand equipment and materials will be distributed to all of them.

The total cost of all these tools and materials is Rs 34.83 crore.

Programs are being organised in all the six assembly constituencies of Nagpur city for the distribution of these devices; yesterday was the first program in this series.

A total of 66 thousand devices have been given to 9,018 beneficiaries of Dakshin Nagpur Assembly Constituency, whose combined cost is more than Rs 9 crore.

Forty-three types of these devices mainly include tools and materials such as three-wheeler cycles (hand-operated), wheelchairs, walking sticks, digital hearing aids, smartphones with screen reading for the visually impaired, braille cans (folding cans) along with prosthetic arms and legs.

Also Read: Karnataka To Launch Pilot Projects In Bengaluru And Tumakuru For Cyclists And Pedestrians

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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