The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched a Central Sector Scheme namely “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana” (RVY) on 1st April, 2017 with the objective to provide the senior citizens, living below poverty line and suffering from any of the age related disability/ infirmity, with such assisted living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions, overcoming the disability/ infirmity manifested. Devices viz. walking sticks, elbow crutches, walkers/crutches, tripods/quadpods, hearing aids, wheelchairs, artificial dentures and spectacles are provided free of cost to senior citizens belonging to BPL category who suffer from age related disabilities/infirmities such as low vision, hearing impairment, loss of teeth and loco-motor disabilities in the camp mode.
The Scheme is implemented through the ‘Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO)’, (a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) as the sole implementing Agency. The Scheme of RVY is entirely funded from Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund (SCWF). So far, total 138 distribution camps have been organised across the country under RVY.
As on 13.03.2020, the details of the total number of beneficiaries, State-wise, under the scheme since its inception is given below:-
|S.NO.||States/UTs||No. Of Beneficiaries|
|F.Y. 2017-18||F.Y. 2018-19||F.Y. 2019-20|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||0||342||0|
|8||Dadar and Nagar Haveli||0||0||0|
|9||Daman and Diu||0||0||0|
|15||Jammu and Kashmir||0||0||247|
This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Rattan Lal Kataria in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.