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Prayagraj, February 29, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed Assistive Aids and Devices to nearly 27,000 senior citizens and physically challenged people at a mega distribution camp here today.
The camp was organised for empowering the senior citizens under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana-RVY and under ADIP Schemes of the Union Government.
Addressing the gathering, Modi said it was his government's first priority to protect the interests of 130 crore Indians whether senior citizens, Divyangjan, tribals or the downtrodden.
Referring to the mega camp of distribution of aids and devices, he said, "During the time of earlier governments, such distribution camps were hardly organised, and such mega camps were very rare. In the last five years, our government has set up about 9,000 camps in different parts of the country and distributed over Rs 900 crore worth of aids and devices to the Divyangjan (physically challenged people)."
“In the development of a New India, it is essential that there is equal participation by the Divyangjan youth and children. The Government is encouraging them, be it the industrial sector, services sector or in the field of sports and games,” he said.
“Ours is the first Government which has enacted the 'Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act'. Through this, we have expanded the categories of disabilities from 7 to 21. We have also increased the quota of reservation for higher education from 3% to 5% for the Divyangjan,” he added.
In the last five years, many buildings in the country, more than 700 railway stations and airports have been made accessible to the disabled. The remaining ones will also be made accessible by linking to the “Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan”, he added.
This is the biggest ever distribution camp conducted in the country in terms of the number of beneficiaries covered, number of appliances distributed and value of aids and appliances distributed.
In the mega camp, over 56,000 Assistive Aids and Devices of different types were distributed free of cost to over 26,000 of beneficiaries. The cost of the aids and devices is over Rs 19 crore.