Over 10 lakh disabled people provided assistive benefits so far, claims Social Justice & Empowerment T C Gehlot
The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawarchand Gehlot distributed assistive devices to disabled people at a distribution camp held in Pune on Monday.
The devices were distributed under the scheme, Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase / Fitting of Aids and Appliances (ADIP).
He said that assistive devices provided under ADIP will also help senior citizens overcome age-related physical impairments so they can lead a dignified and productive life as independently as possible.
Under the ADIP, beneficiaries will receive assistive devices costing around Rs 7,500 free of cost. The devices are of seven types, made up of hearing aids, wheelchairs, tricycles, walkers, dentures and eye-glasses
The minister said that a total of 6,842 camps have been organized across India so far. These have benefitted over 10.55 lakh people. Over six hundred camps have been held in Maharashtra alone.
Gehlot also said that under the Accessible India scheme, 100 buildings in each of 50 big cities have been selected and work begun in order to make them accessible.
180 buildings in Maharashtra have been identified and work has begun to make 142 of these buildings accessible.
The minister also said that the central government has been providing benefits for the welfare of people who are totally blind. This includes benefits for their education. Special walkers fitted with sensors have been provided for blind and visually impaired people. These alert users to the presence of nearby obstacles.
Gehlot also celebrated the success of the Indian team at the Blind Cricket World Cup.