Pune: Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Ghelot distributed around 1,758 supporting kits to specially abled citizens under the Assistance to Disabled Persons for purchasing/fitting of aids/appliances (ADIP) scheme, in Pune on Saturday.
As many as 1,152 beneficiaries received 1,758 supporting kits worth Rs 89.56 lakh at the camps, which were organised in four different places across Pune. The facilities included tricycles, folding wheelchairs, CP chairs, Baisakhis, walking sticks, braille kits, smartphones, earing machines and many more.
Dilip Kamble, Maharashtra State Minister of Social Justice, Anil Shirole, MP of Lok Sabha, Amar Sabale, MP of Rajya Sabha, among other eminent personalities were present at the camp.
“Specially abled citizens of our country are vital and an integral part of our society. We will not be able to develop our country by neglecting them,” said Gehlot.
Over 1,000 people have benefited through these camps set up by the ministry. Around 303 mega camps worth Rs 1 crore were organised across the country. While 87,000 citizens benefited from the 675 camps, which were organised in Maharashtra so far, around Rs 51.51 crore was spent on the facilities required to aide the specially abled citizens, informed Gehlot.
He also stated that details including name, number, and photo of each beneficiary are available on the website.
“So far, no corruption case has been reported against the ministry,” said Gehlot.
Under Sugamay Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India campaign), around 180 buildings have been identified, out of which, for 142 buildings, the work of building ramps, lift, rallying and toilets has started.
While speaking about the senior citizen scheme started by the ministry, Ghelot said, “We are not only making efforts to empower specially abled people but also the senior citizens of our society. We grant an amount of Rs 7,500 to each senior citizen.”
He also informed about other facilities provided to specially abled citizens like 4 per cent reservation in employment and 5 per cent reservation in education by the ministry.