‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ to be launched on April 1 at Nellore

“Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, a scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for senior citizens belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) category will be launched in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on April 1, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said today.
Mr. Gehlot told mediapersons that the aids and devices would be distributed in camp mode and the scheme would be implemented through the sole implementing agency, Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry.
ALIMCO will provide one-year free maintenance of the aids & assisted living devices. The devices will help 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.
The ambitious scheme, first of its kind in the country, is expected to benefit 5,20,000 senior citizens over a period of three years, he added.
Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar and Vijay Sampla were also present.
As per the Census figures of 2011, the population of senior citizens in India is 10.38 crore. More than 70% of the population of senior citizens live in rural areas of the country. A sizeable percentage (5.2%) of the senior citizens suffers from some sort of disabilities related to old age. Projections indicate that the number of elderly population will increase to around 173 million by 2026.
The Central Government proposes to launch a new Central Sector Scheme to be put in place to provide Physical aids and Assisted Living Devices for such senior citizens suffering from age related disabilities/ infirmities, who belong to BPL category.
The proposal for formulation of the scheme was announced in the Budget 2015-16. Pursuant to this, the “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana” has been formulated. The scheme aims at providing Senior Citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from any of the age related disability/infirmity viz. Low vision, Hearing impairment, Loss of teeth and Locomotor disability, with such assisted-living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions, overcoming the disability/infirmity manifested.
The assistive devices will be of high quality and conforming to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards, wherever applicable.
The scheme is fully funded by the Central Government. The expenditure for its implementation will be met from the "Senior Citizens' Welfare Fund".
Under the scheme, the following aids and assisted-living devices will be provided to eligible elderly beneficiary senior citizens, depending upon their physical impairment: Walking sticks, Elbow crutches, Walkers/Crutches, Tripods/ Quadpods, Hearing Aids, Wheelchair, Artificial Dentures and Spectacles.
The expected financial outlay over the next three years (i.e. upto 2019-20) is Rs. 483.6 crore. 


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