A total of 6,225 aids along with assistive devices valued at Rs. 3.57 crore were handed over to 3,805 Divyangjan at Block/Panchayat levels for free of cost at the ‘Samajik Adhikarita Shivir’ in Jamnagar, Gujarat today.
The Shivir was organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) in association with Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation Of India (ALIMCO) and District Administration for providing aids and assistive devices to ‘Divyangjan’ (differently-abled) under the Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids and Appliances (ADIP) Scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
The inaugural function was virtually joined by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, as the Chief Guest along with Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Thaawarchand Gehlot.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Vijay Rupani said,” This program has been imperative for all of us because it empowers the ‘Divyangjan’ of our country. In the last 7 years, we have started many beneficial programs for the Divyangjans under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
The central government also passed the ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016’ to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy the right to equality, life with dignity, and respect for his or her integrity equally with others, the Chief Minister added.
The program also witnessed the presence of other dignitaries including Gujarat’s Minister for Rural Development, Fishery and Transport Ranchhod Bhai Phaladu, State’s Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Ishwar Bhai Parmar, Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs, and Cottage Industries Dharmendra Singh Jadeja, among others.
ADIP Scheme for Disabled Persons
The ADIP Scheme has been in operation since 1981 with the prime objective of assisting the needy disabled persons in procuring durable, sophisticated, and scientifically manufactured, modern, standard aids and appliances to 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 reduce the extent of disability and the occurrence of secondary disability. The scheme also envisages the conduct of corrective surgeries, wherever required, before providing an assistive device.