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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Over 1 lakh PwDs given skill training during the last year - Delhi

Other than providing aids and assistive devices to persons with disability, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has also provided skill training to over one lakh PwDs in the past one year according to Secretary DEPwD, Dr Vinod Aggarwal.

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                                         Over 1 lakh PwDs given skill training during the last year

Aggarwal was speaking at a mega distribution camp organised by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation Limited (ALIMCO), working under DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in Bareilly on April-12, as per an official release.
During the event presided over by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot in the presence of Minister of State of Textiles, Santosh Kumar Ganwar, as many as 1578 beneficiaries were provided with state-of-the-art high-end technical devices.
Speaking on the occasion, Gehlot said that the central government has brought transparency to the Assistance to Disabled Persons Scheme (ADIP Scheme) which provides assistance to disabled persons for purchasing / fitting of aids / appliances which are essential for their social, economic and vocational rehabilitation at minimum costs.  Its aim is to promote physical, social and psychological rehabilitation of PwDs, by reducing the effects of disabilities and enhancing their economic potential.
The Union Minister also informed that 315 children with hearing impairment have been successfully provided with Cochlear Implants. He also added that the Government has launched the Accessible India Campaign/Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan as a step towards achieving universal accessibility.  As many as 50 cities and 705 railway stations in India are being covered under the Campaign.
The camp will go a long way to help PwDs overcome the odds they currently face in their daily lives.  According to the release, 1578 beneficiaries were provided with free-of-cost equipment worth Rs 1.31 Crore.
The beneficiaries were identified under a screening exercise carried out by ALIMCO’s Baliya Unit with help from District Administration, Bareilly. The distributed high end devices included - motorised tricycles, folding wheel chairs, CP Chairs, crutches, walking sticks, braille cane, behind the ear hearing aids, etc. 

Source: Education News Agency , 13th April 2016 

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