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Rs 483 crore empowerment plan for Maharashtra’s senior citizens

Under the ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’, senior citizens belonging to the BPL category will be provided with physical aids and ‘assisted-living’ devices for health-related ailments.

pune Updated: Jun 05, 2017 12:39 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Nagpur
Thawar Chand Gehlot,Welfare,Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said that a provision of Rs 483 crore is earmarked in this year’s budget for the scheme and we aim to cover 260 districts in the country by next year.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot today launched the ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’, a welfare scheme for the empowerment of senior citizens.

Under the yojana, which has been already launched in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh recently, senior citizens belonging to the BPL category will be provided with physical aids and ‘assisted-living’ devices for health-related ailments. Gehlot said that a budget of Rs 483 crore has been earmarked for the scheme for this year.

“Our ministry is committed towards the welfare of all in the society. A provision of Rs 483 crore is earmarked in this year’s budget for the scheme and we aim to cover 260 districts in the country by next year,” he said.

As many as 1,500 beneficiaries from Nagpur district have already been covered under the scheme.

On the occasion, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis attacked the previous UPA-led government for working “for the welfare of its ministers and not the people”.

“Our democracy is a democracy of welfare state. But the previous government, for many years, thought that this welfare state is for the welfare of its ministers, MPs and MLAs. But, our government is working for the welfare of the people,” he said.

Speaking at a function at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur, Gehlot said that an artificial limbs manufacturing unit and a hostel for students belonging to OBC category would also be set up in the city. Land for these two projects will be alloted by the state government, the minister said.

He also apprised that his ministry was providing financial assistance of up to Rs 4 lakh to the needy patients for ailments such as cancer and cochlear implant among others.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 11:59 IST