Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana – a Central Sector Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category’ was launched in District Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 1st April, 2017. 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.
As per the Census figures of 2011, the population of senior citizens in India is 10.38 crore. More than 70% of the population of senior citizens live in rural areas of the country. A sizeable percentage (5.2%) of the senior citizens suffers from some sort of disabilities related to old age. Projections indicate that the number of elderly population will increase to around 173 million by 2026.
The objective of Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana is to help the Senior Citizens to overcome their age related physical impairment and to lead a dignified and productive life with minimal dependence on care givers or other members of the family.
The expenditure for implementation of the scheme will be met from the “Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund”. The expected financial outlay upto 2019-20 is Rs. 483.6 Crores.
The Scheme is implemented through the sole implementing agency, ‘Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO)’, (a PSU under M/o SJ&E), which will undertake one year free maintenance of the aids & assisted living devices.
Assisting devices are provided to senior citizens to restore normalcy in their bodily functions overcoming disabilities like:
Under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana, the following Aids and Assisted-Living Devices will be provided to eligible elderly beneficiary senior citizens, depending upon their physical impairment :-
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