Schemes & Facilities provided by Central & State Government:
Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids/Appliances (ADIP Scheme)
It has been the constant endeavour of the Government to provide the disabled persons with aids/appliances at minimum costs. The requirement for providing of aids/appliances, which are essential for the social, economic and vocational rehabilitation of the disabled persons, has come into sharp focus, particularly after the enactment of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, which came into force in 1996.
Various surveys conducted from time to time have made it clear that India has a very large number of disabled persons. Many of them come from low-income groups. Disability restricts their opportunities for leading functionally productive lives. From the application of modern technology, there have emerged a number of aids, which can reduce the effects of disabilities and enhance the economic potential of the disabled. To illustrate a wheel chair, an artificial limb, crutch, a brace, a splint can greatly improve the mobility of physically disabled individual. Similarly, with the help of a powerful hearing aid, persons with some residual hearing can be helped to carry on many activities of daily living. Low vision aids can help the persons with substantially reduced vision to read, print and undertake other activities resulting in their rehabilitation. However, large number of disabled persons are deprived of the benefits of these appliances because of their inability to find funds to purchase them.
In the light of the Government's growing stress on helping disabled persons and in bringing the aids and appliances within their reach, it has been decided to continue the ADIP Scheme and modify it in such a way that it becomes more user-friendly and the needy are not deprived of aids/appliances, which are essential for their social, economic and vocational rehabilitation. If they can, thereby, become earning members they would be much closer to achieve economic self-dependence and also be able to live and pursue their activities with dignity.
The Scheme aims at helping the disabled persons by bringing suitable, durable, scientifically-manufactured, modern, standard aids and appliances within their reach. The estimates, according to Sample Survey conducted by NSSO in 1991, indicate that there are about 16.15 million persons with various types of disabilities in the country. Their disabilities restrict the opportunity for their economic and social growth. In addition, about 3% of the children below 14 years of age suffer from delayed development. Many of them are mentally retarded and cerebral palsied and require some aids/appliances to attain the capacity for self-care and independent living.
The main objectives of the Scheme is to assist the needy disabled persons in procuring durable, sophisticated and scientifically manufactured, modern, standard aids and appliances that can promote their physical, social and psychological rehabilitation, by reducing the effects of disabilities and enhance their economic potential. The aids and appliances supplied under the Scheme shall conform to BIS specifications to the extent possible.
Definitions of various types of disabilities as given in the Ministry of Welfare's (Now Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) O.M.No.4-2/83 – HW.III dated 6th August, 1986 as amended from time to time will be applicable.
The Scheme will be implemented through the implementing Agencies as listed in the following Para. The Agencies will be provided with financial assistance for purchase, fabrication and distribution of such standard aids and appliances that are in conformity with the objectives of the Scheme. The implementing Agencies will take care of/make suitable arrangements for fitting and post-fitting care of the aids and appliances distributed under ADIP Scheme. The scope of the Scheme has been further enlarged to include use of mass media, exhibitions, workshops etc., for exchange of information and promoting awareness and distribution and use of aids/appliances.
The Scheme shall also include under its ambit, medical/surgical correction & intervention, which is essential prior to fitment of aids and appliances. The cost could range from Rs. 500/- for hearing & speech impaired to Rs.1000/- for visually disabled and Rs.3,000/- for orthopaedically disabled.
The following agencies would be eligible to implement the Scheme on behalf of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, subject to fulfillment of laid down terms and conditions:
Grant-in-aid under the Scheme will not be given for commercial supply of aids/appliances.
The NGOs should preferably possess professional/technical expertise in the form of professionally qualified staff (from recognised courses) for the identification, prescription of the required artificial aids/appliances, fitment and post-fitment care of the beneficiaries as well as the aid/appliance.
The NGO should also preferable possess infrastructure in the form of machinery/equipment for the fabrication, fitment and maintenance of artificial aids/appliances to be given to a disabled person under ADIP scheme.
Implementing Organisations should network and establish linkages with medical college /district hospitals/rural hospitals/PHCs/fitment centres of ALIMCO/DRCs/any other professionally competent agency to acquire/avail the requisite infrastructure for fitment and maintenance of aids/appliances distributed under ADIP Scheme available with these bodies. The Implementing Agencies shall also avail of the professional/technical expertise of above-mentioned agencies for fitment and post fitment care of the beneficiaries as well as aids/appliances. National Institutes, fitment centres of ALIMCO and DRCs functioning under the administrative control of Ministry of Social justice and Empowerment shall also assist DRDAs and other autonomous organisations to develop requisite manpower and infrastructure over a period of time to provide satisfactory service to the beneficiaries under the Scheme. Such organisations while applying for the grant under the Scheme shall produce sufficient proof of linkages with the professional agencies preferably in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding.
A person with disabilities fulfilling following conditions would be eligible for assistance under ADIP Scheme through authorised agencies.
Only those aids/appliances which do not cost less than Rs.50/- and more than Rs.6000/- are covered under the Scheme. However, for visually, mentally, speech & hearing or multiple disabled, the limit should be Rs. 8000/- during their study period upto XII standard. The limit will apply to individual items of aid and where more than one aid is required, the ceiling will apply separately. The amount of assistance will be as follows:
|Total Income||Amount of Assistance|
|Upto Rs.5,000/– per month||Full cost of aid/appliance|
|Rs.5,001/– to Rs.8,000/– per month||50% of the cost of aid/Appliance|
Further, travelling cost would be admissible limited to bus fare in ordinary class or railway by second class sleeper subject to a limit of Rs.250/- for beneficiary irrespective of number of visits to the centre and a Certificate from Doctor or Rehabilitation Professional, travel expenses subject to the same limit would be admissible to an attendant/escort accompanying the beneficiary. The beneficiary should attend the Rehabilitation Centre nearest to his/her place of residence, except in the North-Eastern Region where he may be allowed travel cost for travelling outside the Region till such facilities become available within that Region.
Boarding and Lodging Expenses at the rate of Rs.30/– per day for maximum duration of 15 days would be admissible, only for those patients whose total income is upto Rs.5000/-per month.
The following aids and appliances may be allowed for each type of disabled individual. However, any other items as notified from time to time by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for the purpose will also be allowed
The organisations will submit their application in the prescribed format (Annexure–I & II ) to the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment through concerned State Government/UT Administration/National Institute/Regional Rehabilitation Training Centre/ District Rehabilitation Centre/any other agency authorised by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, every year. The application should be accompanied with following documents /information (duly attested):
The State Government/UT Administration/National Institute/RRTC/DRC/any other agency authorised by the Ministry should send its recommendation with specific remarks about:
The recommendation should also include whether the NGO is getting grant-in-aid from other Ministries/ State Government etc. for the same purpose.
However, no recommendation is required in case of National Institutes and ALIMCO working under the administrative control of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
No ceiling should be imposed on the quantum of assistance to be released to an implementing Agency and its branches(separately) during a particular financial year. However, while deciding on the amount of grant to be given, the performance, professional expertise, capacity, track record and outreach capabilities of the agency shall be kept in view.
The Implementing Agency will be sanctioned grant-in-aid in a particular financial year after receiving recommendation from State Government/UT Administration/National Institute/RRTC/DRC/any other agency authorised by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The subsequent financial assistance would be sanctioned after receipt of audited accounts and list of beneficiaries with their permanent addresses in the prescribed format. The audited accounts and list of beneficiaries for the previous year's grant shall be furnished before the end of second quarter of each financial year, positively.
The recommendation authority should create the field agencies who shall strive to conduct sample checking of beneficiaries regarding utilisation of grant-in-aid by NGOs and distribution of aids and appliances by the Implementing Agencies. The sample checking would cover at least 5 to 10 per cent of the beneficiaries, which are covered under the Scheme in the previous year.
The grant-in-aid would normally be released in two instalments after processing of audited accounts and list of beneficiaries furnished by the organisation/implementing agency to the satisfaction of the Ministry.
Application for Central Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids/Appliances
The Secretary to the Government of India,
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment,
New Delhi – 110 001
Subject: Assistance under the Central Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Personas for purchase/fitting of aids/appliances.
I submit herewith an application for a grant for the year under the Scheme of Assistance to disabled persons for purchase/fitting of aids/appliances. I certify that I have read the rules and regulations of the Scheme and I undertake to abide by them, on behalf of the Management. I further agree to the following conditions :
All assets acquired wholly or substantially out of the Central grant shall not be encumbered or disposed off or utilised for purpose other than those for which the grant is given. Should the Institution/Organisation cease to exist at any time, such properties shall revert to the Government of India.
The accounts of the project shall be properly and separately maintained. They shall always be open to check by an officer deputed by the Govt. of India or the State Government. They shall also be open to test check by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India at his discretion.
If the State or the Central Govt. has reasons to believe that the grant is not being utilised for approved purposes, the Govt. of India may stop payment of further Instalments and recovers earlier grants in such a manner as they may decide.
The Institution shall exercise reasonable economy in the implementation of the scheme.
The Organisation will obtain an undertaking from the beneficiaries as required under the scheme, before fitting/giving of aids/appliances.
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
Name of the Scheme:
Application form for New Proposal
Any other Organisation/Institute/:
Body, if applicable, give details
Registration under Foreign: (Yes/No) Contribution Act
Memorandum of Association and:
(please attach a photocopy)
Name & address of the Members of:
of the Board of Management/
List of Documents to be attached.
A copy of the Annual Report for the previous year which should contain the balance sheet (including receipt and payment account), income and Expenditure Account.
Details of the project for which the grant-in aid is being applied.
Grant-in-aid applied for in the current year.
Details of beneficiaries
Details of the staff available
List of Additional papers (if any given)
I have read the scheme and fulfil the requirement and conditions of the scheme. I undertake to abide by all the conditions of the Scheme
Note: Wherever not applicable, specially in case of new Organisation, Please write – N.A...