Over 1 lakh persons with disabilities provided skill training during last year

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot distributing the assistive devices to disabled person, at a function, in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh on April 12, 2016. The Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar is also seen.

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50 Cities and 705 Railway stations are being made disabled friendly

Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation Limited (ALIMCO), working under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, conducted a mega distribution camp for Aids and Assistive Devices, in Bareilly yesterday. 1578 beneficiaries were provided with state-of-the-art high-end technical devices, in an event presided over by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, in the presence of Shri Santosh Kumar Ganwar, Minister of State of Textiles (Independent Charge), Member of Parliament, Bareilly.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said that the Central Government has brought transparency to the ADIP Scheme and the massive response and success of the scheme has added to the popularity of this initiative by the Ministry. The Union Minister also informed the audience that 315 children with Hearing Impairment have been successfully provided with Cochlear Implants. He also added that the Government has launched the Accessible India Campaign/Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan as a step towards achieving Universal Accessibility. 50 Cities and 705 Railway stations in India are being covered under the Campaign.

Appreciating the efforts of the Department in successfully organizing this Camp at Bareilly, Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar expressed his gratitude on behalf of his constituency. He added that this Camp will benefit many persons with disabilities (PwDs) and help them overcome odds that they currently face in their daily lives.

Shedding further light on the activities of DEPwD Secretary DEPwD, Dr Vinod Aggarwal informed the gathering that the Department was not only providing Assistive devices to PwDs but has also provided skill training to over 1 lakh PwDs in the past one year.

1578 beneficiaries were provided with free-of-cost equipment worth Rs 1.31 Crore. The beneficiaries were identified under a screening exercise carried out by ALIMCO’s Baliya Unit with help from District Administration, Bareilly.The distributed high end devices included –

25 Motorised Tricycles
1200 Tricycles
96 Folding Wheel chairs
15 C.P Chairs
678 Crutches
138 Walking Sticks
16 Braille Cane
360 Behind-the-ear Hearing Aid
07 MSIED Kits

CMD ALIMCO, Shri D.R Sarin; was also present on the occasion.

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