Asia-Pacific Nov 27, 2015
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India Campaign), on December 3, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot announced on November 26.
The Minister was addressing a program on the launching of new / revised schemes of National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities.
The Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan), as a nationwide flagship campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and to create an enabling and barrier free environment, with a focus on three verticals: Built Environment; Public Transportation and Information and Communication Technologies.
He also announced that number of categories of disability will also be increased from 7 to 19, so that more number of people with disabilities could be brought into the ambit of Government’s new initiatives. On this occasion the following schemes were launched: DISHA (Early Intervention and School Readiness Scheme); VIKAAS (Day Care); SAMARTH (Respite Care); GHARAUNDA (Group Home for Adults); . NIRAMAYA (Health Insurance Scheme); SAHYOGI (Caregiver training scheme); GYAN PRABHA (Educational support); PRERNA (Marketing Assistance); SAMBHAV (Aids and Assisted Devices) and BADHTE KADAM (Awareness and Community Interaction)
The National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has been implementing a number of schemes and programs in the last 15 years.