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Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

This topic provides information about Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana.

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana is scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category. This is a Central Sector Scheme, fully funded by the Central Government. The expenditure for implementation of the scheme is being met from the "Senior Citizens' Welfare Fund". The Scheme is being implemented by the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO), a PSU under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Importance of the scheme

As per the Census figures of 2011, the population of senior citizens in India is 10.38 crore. More than 70% of the population of senior citizens live in rural areas of the country. A sizeable percentage (5.2%) of the senior citizens suffers from some sort of disabilities related to old age. Projections indicate that the number of elderly population will increase to around 173 million by 2026.

The Government has hence devised the Central Sector Scheme to provide Physical aids and Assisted Living Devices for such senior citizens suffering from age related disabilities/ infirmities, who belong to BPL category.


The Scheme duration is for period of the 3 years ie. upto 2019-20.


Senior Citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from any of the age related disability/infirmity viz. Low vision, Hearing impairment, Loss of teeth and Locomotor disability will be provided with such assisted-living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions, overcoming the disability/infirmity manifested. The Scheme is expected to benefit 5,20,000 Senior Citizens across the country.

Registration for the scheme

To register online for the scheme, click here.

To track the status of your application, click here.

Documents required

  1. Aadhaar /Proof of identity - Passport, Voter ID, Driving license
  2. Proof of BPL status - certificate from the District Authority for eligibility / BPL ration card / proof of receiving Old Age Pension under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) under the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) / Any other Pension Scheme of the State/UT Government for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category
  3. Certificate from the Medical Officer required for loss of vision, hearing impairment, loss of teeth and locomotor disability requiring use of wheelchair.

Devices supported

Under the Scheme, the following Aids and Assisted-Living Devices will be provided to eligible elderly beneficiary senior citizens, depending upon their physical impairment.

  1. Walking sticks
  2. Elbow crutches
  3. Walkers / Crutches
  4. Tripods / Quadpods
  5. Hearing Aids
  6. Wheelchair
  7. Artificial Dentures
  8. Spectacles

Salient features of the scheme

  • 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.
  • 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.
To view the scheme guidelines, click here

Districts covered

A total of 326 districts from all State/UTs Administration have been selected for the implementation of RVY during 2019-20.

To view the district level implementation status, click here

Source : ALIMCO

Saurabh Dhanwaria Dec 03, 2019 12:15 PM

My neighbour is 90 years old living alone and getting old age pension from Delhi government. She has hearing problem and is unable to purchase hearing aid machine. Please forward me the details for getting hearing aid machine for her under Rashtriya vyoshri yojana and where to apply. As she resides in Delhi

Shivam Gupta Aug 05, 2019 11:09 AM

Intent of the scheme is quite appealing and will surely bring well-being among old age society.
However, ambit of scheme need to be increased among other states like Goa, Tamilnadu, which constitutes large share of India's old age population and states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh which have lower income rates, which will make it easier for BPL section to afford and access this scheme proposals.

Umesh Upadhyay Aug 08, 2019 12:51 PM

It is a very commendable initiative. However why is it not being implemented in Uttarakhand. Plz inform me in my mail id *******@gmail.com

rama swamy gupta Feb 27, 2019 11:46 AM

I am 84 years old, I m suffering with hearing problem. do I get earing machine in this scheme?
If so please let me know the details of it in Hyderabad. please update me on sirisha.*******@gmail.com

Deepu singh Dec 09, 2018 03:13 PM

As above displayed
Only some of district,what about other districts
Is it possible to all districts?
Can I request to do a camp in my locality?

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