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‘Rashtriya Vayoshri’ to make senior citizens life comfortable: Gehlot

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Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot has said that Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana will make life comfortable for senior citizens in the society. He said, the Centre will work for poor, old, infirm and will introduce schemes to benefit them.

Mr Gehlot was speaking in Nellore after launching “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, a scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for senior citizens belonging to BPL category, along with Information Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Mr. Gehlot said the devices will help the Senior Citizens to overcome their age related physical impairment and to lead a dignified and productive life with minimal dependence on care givers or other members of the family.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said the Scheme is special interest of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for welfare and opportunities for marginal and under privileged sections like aged, infirm, physically challenged, women, SC/STs, children, OBCs and workers in unorganised sectors. He said, it is a small measure by which we can discharge our gratitude towards elderly persons who are above 60 from BPL background. The first of its kind Scheme in the country is expected to benefit 5,20,000 Senior Citizens over a period of the 3 years. Two districts in each state are selected for implementation of the scheme and in Andhra Pradesh Nellore and Visakhapatnam have been selected.

Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens will be distributed in Camp mode and the Scheme will be implemented through the sole implementing agency, ‘Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO)’, a PSU under Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, which will undertake one year free maintenance of the aids and assisted living devices. Under the scheme, walking sticks, elbow crutches, walkers/crutches, tripods/quapods, hearing aids, wheelchair, artificial dentures and spectacles will be distributed at free of cost to the beneficiaries selected and 30 per cent of the beneficiaries in each district shall be women.

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