Government of India has been actively trying to skill young Indians so that they can become job providers and not just be job seekers. Recently former Indian cricketer and legend Sachin Tendulkar extended his support to Skill India which aims at providing skill training to Indian youth. The aim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to make India the skill capital of the world.
In a similar effort the 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.
1,578 beneficiaries were provided with state-of-the-art high-end technical devices, in an event presided over by Mr. Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, in the presence of Mr. Santosh Kumar Ganwar, Minister of State of Textiles, Member of Parliament, Bareilly.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. 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 or 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 organising this Camp at Bareilly, Mr. 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.
1,578 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