Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

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    In Context 

    • Camp for free Assistive Devices distribution organized for Divyangjan and Senior Citizens in Tikamgarh (M.P) under ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ (RVY Scheme) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

    Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)

    • About: 
      • It is a scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to the BPL category.
      • This is a Central Sector Scheme, fully funded by the Central Government.
      •  The expenditure for implementation of the scheme will be met from the “Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund”. 
      • The Scheme will be implemented through the sole implementing agency – Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO), a PSU under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
    • Features: 
      • Under the scheme, physical aid will be provided only to the senior citizens of the nation. 
        • This implies those who are aged above 60 years will get free assisted living aids and physical devices which are required for their sustainability. 
      • The main criteria for the senior citizens to get full benefits of the RVY scheme is that they must belong to the BPL family and should hold a valid BPL card issued by the concerned authority. 
    • Significance: 
      • It will help those who suffer from age-related disabilities such as low vision, hearing impairment, loss of teeth and locomotor disabilities.

    Source: PIB