GUWAHATI, Oct 9 � In a bid to promote self reliance among the persons living with disability, the Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Guwahati outreach centre organised a camp for free distribution of aid and appliances to the physically and mentally challenged members of the society.
The camp, held recently at the Bishnu Nirmala Bhawan in the city, was organised as a part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of the IDBI Bank. A total of 68 orthopaedically handicapped persons were given wheel chairs, tricycles, crutches, walking sticks, prostheses and orthoses etc., whereas 51 visually handicapped received blind sticks and Braille kits. More than 90 speech and hearing handicapped got �behind the ear� hearing aid and five mentally handicapped persons were given MSIED kits.
The beneficiaries for such programmes are identified through assessment camps, where the names and requirements of the persons with disability are registered with the ALIMCO. As a part of this two-pronged approach, an assessment camp was held on September 5 to identify the beneficiaries, which was followed by the distribution camp. Ugen Tashi, general manager and Basab Ray, DGM of IDBI, among others, took part in the programme.