Centre to distribute over one lakh handicap equipment to Divyang people in Tripura: MoS Pratima Bhoumik
Agartala: Union minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment, Pratima Bhoumik on Sunday said that handicap equipment for more than one lakh Divyang people in Tripura will be distributed by the respective ministry of central government and the list is on the verge of completion.
After hearing the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme here in Agartala on Sunday, MoS Bhoumik said “A list of Divyang people in Tripura is on the verge of completion and more than one lakh handicap equipment will be distributed among them”.
“Moreover, senior citizens who need wheelchairs, spectacles or similar items will be provided with such items so that they do not have any problems. A list of senior citizens is also being prepared across the state”, she added.
Bhoumik said “A Divyang can take up to five moveable aids if he or she wishes. After three years, they will be able to take such materials again.” She also said that an assessment is being carried out across Tripura as to who can be provided such material. On October 5 next, about five thousand such Divyang people will be given required materials for their better life at Gomati district’s headquarters Udaipur of Tripura, she also added.
MoS said that the central government will provide free cochlear implants costing about Rs 6 lakh each among children with hearing problems and the facility is available in 242 hospitals across the country.
Union minister of state said, “In Tripura, GBP Hospital and ILS Hospitals, Agartala are on the list where children with hearing disability can be transferred with cochlear implants reducing hearing problems. In the present day, such problems are mostly found among young children.”