Source: News Bharati English02 Apr 2017 15:15:42

Nellore, Apr 2: Praising the efforts of the state government to help aged senior citizens to help them lead an independent and dignified life, Union I & B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launched the ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana” here on Saturday.

“Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana” is a scheme for providing physical aids and assisted-living devices to senior citizens belonging to BPL category.

The devices distributed will help senior citizens overcome their age-related physical impairment and lead a dignified and productive life with minimal dependence on care givers or other members of the family.

The ambitious scheme, first of its kind in the country, is expected to benefit 5,20,000 senior citizens over a period of the 3 years.

Speaking on the occasion, I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu lauded the efforts of the government towards helping senior citizens lead an independent and dignified life.

The Scheme aims at providing senior citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from any of the age-related disability/infirmity viz.

Low vision, Hearing impairment, Loss of teeth and Locomotor disability, with such assisted-living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions.

The assistive devices shall be of high quality and conforming to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards, wherever applicable.

This is a Central Sector Scheme, fully funded by the Central Government the following Aids and Assisted-Living Devices will be provided to eligible elderly beneficiary senior citizens, depending upon their physical impairment:- 1. Walking sticks, 2. Elbow Crutches, 3. Walkers / Crutches, 4. Tripods / Quadpods, 5. Hearing Aids, 6. Wheelchair, 7. Artificial Dentures, 8. Spectacles.