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Disability: The Guinness World Records Made under ADIP Scheme

Conquering a milestone marks inspiration, a will to accomplish and endeavour towards achieving bigger goals. There are a few milestones achieved by the Divyang Welfare under Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids and Appliances (ADIP Scheme). Let’s get acquainted with the Ten Guinness World Records Made For Divyang Welfare under ADIP Scheme.

What is Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids and Appliances (ADIP Scheme)? 

The ADIP Scheme has been in operation since 1981 with the main objective to assist the needy disabled persons in procuring durable, sophisticated and scientifically manufactured, modern, standard aids and appliances that can promote their physical, social and psychological rehabilitation by reducing the effects of disabilities and enhancing their economic potential.

 Assistive devices are given to PwDs with an aim to improve their independent functioning and to arrest the extent of disability and occurrence of secondary disability. The aids and appliances supplied under the Scheme must have due certification. The scheme also envisages conduct of corrective surgeries, wherever required, before providing an assistive device. 

Under the Scheme, grants-in-aid are released to various implementing agencies (Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO)/National Institutes/Composite Regional Centres/District Disability Rehabilitation Centres/ State Handicapped Development Corporations/ NGOs, etc.) for purchase and distribution of aids and assistive devices. 

  1. The first record — “Highest number of Oil lamps lit simultaneously at single location” was set on the eve (16th September, 2016) of the Mega camp. An incredible 989 Divyangs (Person with Disabilities) came together to set an all-new record- almost doubling the minimum of 500 participants they needed in order to achieve the title. The challenge was for each person to light the lamp exactly at the same time after a given signal within 30 seconds.
  2. The second record ‘Biggest Wheelchair Logo’ was also broken on 17th September, 2016 in Navsari, Gujarat. The 1,000 participants in wheelchairs depicted a message saying ‘Happy Birthday PM’ in Tri-colour. It bettered the previous record of 346 participants that was achieved by Hope Inc. in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.
  3. The third world record ‘Most people fitted with Hearing Aid in 8 hours — Single location (600 Hearing Aid) was also set on the same day. Free assistive devices kits were handed out to thousands of Divyangs throughout the weekend, in addition to the hearing aids distributed during the record attempt
  4. Filling of prosthetic limbs to 260 persons with disabilities in 8 hours at Bharuch, Gujarat — The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) set its seventh Guinness world record with 260 people in Gujarat’s Bharuch getting ‘Modern Artificial Limbs (Legs)’ implanted within eight hours in 2019. 
  5. Eight most hand-operated tricycles donated in 1 hour (626 No.) at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh: The most hand-operated tricycles donated in one hour is 626 and was achieved by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, GoI, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), ALIMCO and District Administration at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, on 29 February 2020. The hand-operated tricycles were donated to Divyangjan. It was part of the Accessible India Campaign which focuses on making India a disabled-friendly country.
  6. Ninth largest parade of hand-operated tricycle (300 Nos) at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh: The largest parade of hand-operated tricycles comprises 300 units and was achieved by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, GoI, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), ALIMCO and District Administration, at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh on 28 February 2020. The participants in the parade were all Divyangjan. The parade went on for 1.8 km and the location was near the river Ganga.
  7. The tenth largest moving line of the wheelchair (400 No.) 1.8 km at Prayagraj Uttar Pradesh: The longest moving line of wheelchairs consists of 400 people, and was achieved at an event organised by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI, ALIMCO and District Administration, at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh on 29 February 2020. The attempt was organised as a part of a larger donation drive by the state and union government.
  8. The highest number of orthosis (Calipers) fitted to 78 mobility impaired persons on a single day at Rajkot, Gujarat
  9. Fitting of hearing aid to 3,911 persons with hearing impairment in 8 hours in Imphal, Manipur: The northeastern state made it to the Guinness Book of World Records by fitting 3,911 persons with hearing aid in eight hours at a function held at Khuman Lampak indoor stadium in Imphal.
  10. Highest ever participation of 1445 persons with hearing impairment in a sign language sessions: Participation of 1,445 persons with hearing impairment in sign language sessions at a single venue while performing the national anthem at Rajkot, Gujarat

As the famous quote goes “ The Only Disability in life is a bad attitude”, so if there is an attitude of achieving success irrespective of the hurdles, then there are certainly means and avenues for achieving the same. However, while writing the achievements, we would also like to mention the fact that there is a lot to achieve. All these glorious events that made it to the Guinness world record are spread over the span of a decade. We need more such events on regular basis, if not to create records but to meet the requirements of the stakeholders and filling the void that still persists. 

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