Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar has inaugurated the camp for free distribution of Aid & Assistive devices at Block level among the identified Divyangjans under Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids and Appliances (ADIP Scheme) at Bareta city, Mansa District, Punjab.
Speaking about the need of conducting such distribution camps, the Minister said that organizing such camps helps in spreading the awareness about the welfare schemes run by the Central Government for Divyangjan as also to empower them and bring them into the mainstream of the society.
About the Unique ID for Persons with Disabilities
Furthermore, the “Unique ID for Persons with Disabilities” project is being implemented with a view of creating a National Database for PwDs and issuing a Unique Disability Identity Card to each person with disabilities. The Minister informed that the UDID scheme has been implemented in all the states across the country, persons with disabilities will not need to make multiple copies of documents as the card will capture all the necessary details and is valid throughout the country. The UDID card will be the single document of identification, verification of the disabled for availing various benefits in future. So far 57 Lakh 95 Thousand UDID cards have already been issued.
He further informed that the scheme for implanting cochlear devices for children who are deaf by birth and can’t speak has been implemented by the ministry with the provision of Rs. 6 lakh for each such child. He urged public representatives and administration that a list of such needy children in Mansa District may be provided to the Ministry so that eligible beneficiaries may get the benefit of the central run scheme for Cochlear Implant. Total 1105 beneficiaries of Mansa District were pre-identified with 2253 assistive appliances of different categories valuing the worth of Rs. 109.59Lakh. Such assistive devices will be distributed free of cost under the ADIP Scheme among the beneficiaries by organizing a series of distribution camps at block levels. The identification and registration of divyangjan beneficiaries were done in the month of February this year by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) in association with District administration Mansa, Punjab.
A total number of Aids and appliances that will be distributed in different blocks include 375 Tricycle, 143 WheelChair, 18 C.P Chair, 430 Crutches, 111 Walking Sticks, 15 Rollator,04 Smart Cane, 05 Smart Phone for the visually impaired, 957 Hearing Aid,17 MSIED Kit for Intellectually Impaired, ADL (Assistance for Daily Living) kit for Leprosy and 196 Artificial Limbs and Calipers.