Govt recognises rights, encourages skills of differently-abled persons: PM Modi

New Delhi: In the biggest ever ‘Samajik Adhikarta Shivir’, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, distributed assistive aids and devices to more than 26,000 senior citizens and differently-abled persons (divyangjan) at a mega distribution camp at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. The mega distribution was organised for empowering senior citizens under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) and under ADIP schemes of the Government of India.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister quoted the age-old Sanskrit maxim, Swastih Prajaabhyah Paripaalayantaam, Nyaayena MaargeNa, Maheem Mahishaah, meaning it is the duty of the Government to get equal justice. The Prime Minister said, “This maxim is the basis for the philosophy of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas sabka vishwaas’. With this spirit, our government is working for the welfare & development of everyone in the society. It is my 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 the Prime Minister said it is a part of the Government’s effort to provide better living facilities to one and all. “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,” he said.

Modi said that in the last five years the Government has distributed over Rs 900 crore worth of aids and devices to divyangjans. He further said, “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, service sector or in the field of sports and games.”

“Ours is the first Government which has enacted the Rights of Persons with the Disabilities Act, through which, 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 divyangjans.”

The Prime Minister said that 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 will be distributed free of cost to over 26,000 of beneficiaries. The cost of the aids and devices is over Rs 19 crore.

The objective is to provide assistance through these aids and devices to the daily living and socio-economic development of divyangjans and senior citizens.

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