New Delhi, December 21: Today Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India ALIMCO has signed an agreement with Motivation Charitable Trust of UK to manufacture WHO compliant wheelchairs in India. To promote the need for products under the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative, Minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said that Divyaang students belonging to poor sections needs customized wheelchairs in rural areas.
He was speaking on the occasion of transfer technology and consultancy services agreement. Through the agreement, technology transfer will enable ALIMCO to produce cost effective and affordable wheel chairs. Under the agreement, Motivation offered two products: Motivation Rough Terrain Wheelchair and Motivation Active folding Wheelchair said a press release.
ALIMCO, CMD, DR Sarin, who signed the MoU, said there is a demand for 65,000 wheel chairs for Divyaang in the country. He also added that the active wheel chairs would be manufactured customized to fit the occupants and their needs according to WHO guidelines. The agreement provides opportunity to work together for producing affordable state-of-art wheelchairs having compliance to WHO guidelines. Additionally, ALIMCO bought 140 products from Motivation for user trial. The purpose was to reaffirm the quality & appropriateness of Motivation wheelchairs, tricycles & supportive seats in line with the WHO guidelines on wheelchair services.
Technology transfer will enable ALIMCO to produce and provide cost effective and affordable wheelchairs to the disabled through its widespread national network across the country. The agreement is seen as step to gradually decrease the dependency of import of the products from China and to promote the products made at ALIMCO under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.