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Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)- Relevance for UPSC Exam       

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes.

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Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)- Context

  • Recently, camp for free Assistive Devices distribution organized for Divyangjan and Senior Citizens under ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ (RVY Scheme) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Indigenously developed “Sugamya” Cane for Visually Impaired and ‘Swavlamban Kendra Container’ for skill development training and repairing center launched at Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh by Union Social Justice Minister.

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Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)- Key Points

  • About: Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) is a scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to the BPL category.
  • Ministry: Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) is a central sector scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Funding: The expenditure for implementation of Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) will be met from the “Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund”.
  • Implementing Agency: It will be implemented through the sole implementing agency – Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO), a PSU under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Eligibility: The main criteria for the senior citizens to get full benefits of Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) scheme is that they must belong to the BPL family and should hold valid BPL card issued by the concerned authority.

The Editorial Analysis: The elders are assets, not dependents



Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)- Key Features

  • Free of cost distribution of the devices, commensurate with the extent of disability/infirmity that is manifested among the eligible senior citizens.
  • In case of multiple disabilities/infirmities manifested in the same person, the assistive devices will be given in respect of each disability/impairment.
  • Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO) will undertake one year free maintenance of the aids & assisted living devices.
  • Beneficiaries in each district will be identified by the State Governments/UT Administrations through a Committee chaired by the Deputy Commissioner/District Collector.
  • As far as possible, 30% of the beneficiaries in each district shall be women.
  • The State Government/UT Administration/District Level Committee can also utilize the data of BPL beneficiaries receiving Old Age Pension under the NSAP or any other Scheme of the State/UT for identification of senior citizens belonging to BPL category.
  • The devices will be distributed in Camp mode.


Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)- Device Supported

  • Under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Scheme, the following Aids and Assisted-Living Devices will be provided to eligible elderly beneficiary senior citizens, depending upon their physical impairment.
    • Walking sticks
    • Elbow crutches
    • Walkers / Crutches
    • Tripods / Quadpods
    • Hearing Aids
    • Wheelchair
    • Artificial Dentures
    • Spectacles


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