He added that the beneficiary for this tri-cycle should be of more than 16 years of age and should be 80 percent handicapped. The monthly income of applicants’ parents should not be more than Rs 15,000 and a beneficiary can avail this benefit once in 10 years.
He added that those children, who cannot hear, can also get the hearing aid (cochlear implants) fixed. The cost of cochlear implant is Rs 6 lakh, including the cost of operation, which the government bears. In Punjab, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot, PGI Chandigarh and Government Hospital and Medical College Sector 32 Chandigarh are the only hospitals empanelled to conduct these operations. He said that the age of beneficiary should be at least 5 years.
The beneficiay’s parents’ income should not be less than Rs 15,000 and if the income is between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 then the government would pay Rs 1 lakh subsidy, while the remaining Rs 3 lakh would be paid by the beneficiary’s parents. The certificate verifying the beneficiary’s inability to speak should also be attached herewith. Gadhwal added that for more information people can contact concerned CDPO, BDPO and DSSO or call up at number 0164-2211480.