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India’s digital rural centres to connect persons with disabilities to receive free assistive aids

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To provide access to millions of persons with disabilities in rural areas seeking assistive devices and appliances, Common Services Centers (CSC) has partnered with the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) to register Persons with Disability and senior citizens in remote and inaccessible areas.

ALIMCO, a PSU under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, and CSC SPV, a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics & IT, signed a MOU to utilize around 4 lakh CSCs across the country to register persons with disabilities and Senior Citizens for distribution of free of cost assistive aids and appliances under various schemes of Government of India such as ADIP , RVY and CSR schemes.

CSC will also help create awareness about ALIMCO and its initiatives and further mobilize and support divyangs and senior citizens to avail assistive aids and appliances under the schemes.

Under the partnership, persons with disabilities and Senior Citizens can visit their nearest CSC to get registered for free Assistive Aids and Appliances from ALIMCO. Registration at CSCs will be done free of cost for person with disabilities and Senior Citizens. A team of rehabilitation professionals from ALIMCO will then assess the candidate, prescribe and supply aids and appliances as per the disability according to Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aid and Appliances (ADIP) scheme of the Government.

On the launch of the service through CSC, CMD, ALIMCO, Sh. D.R. Sarin said, “The objective of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is to reach out to as many Divyangjans and Senior Citizens under flagship schemes like ADIP & RVY. On an average, ALIMCO is serving 4 lakh beneficiaries in a year. Our partnership with CSC will help us reach out to maximum number of persons with disability and senior citizens who require assistive devices and help them avail the benefits of these schemes and enabling them to become independent.”

“As an institution, CSC has been focused on inclusion and empowerment through entrepreneurship and economic participation. More than 11,000 persons with disabilities are engaged as Village Level Entrepreneurs under the CSC scheme. Through this partnership, we hope to increase access to assistive devices for persons with disabilities and senior citizens. This will go a long way in improving the quality of life and availing opportunities for growth and independent living. CSC will also look towards skilling of persons with disabilities through various education and skill development initiatives of CSC.”

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