Shillong, December 13: A mega camp for distribution of Aids and Assistive Devices for daily living to BPL category senior citizens was organised at Khliehriat Higher Secondary School premises in East Jaintia Hills District, Meghalaya. Chief Guest of the function was Krishan Pal Gurjar, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, inaugurated the event today in presence Shitlang Pale, Co-Chairman, Meghalaya State Planning Board among other dignitaries. The camp was organised by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India, a PSU under Ministry Social Justice and Empowerment in close association with the District Administration of East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.
In his speech, Gurjar said that as many as 795 beneficiaries were receiving 7765 Aids and Assisted Living Devices in Saipung Block and Wapung Block. The beneficiaries were identified through assessment camps conducted by ALIMCO in the month of August this year under “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana” of the Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment.
“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 caregivers or other members of the family’ Gurjar said. The scheme is expected to benefit 5,20,000 senior citizens over a period of three years.
The scheme aims at providing senior citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from any age related disability/infirmity viz. Low Vision, Hearing Impairment, Loss of teeth and Locomotor disability, with such devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions, overcoming the disability/infirmity manifested. “The assistive devices shall be of high quality and conforming to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards, wherever applicable” concluded Gurjar.