A production facility for development of technologically advanced lower limb prosthetic systems was launched in Kanpur yesterday. This is a step towards the advancement of the ‘Make In India’ campaign and will add a lot of value to the production of these aids.
Kanpur has a brand new production facility for the development of state of the art lower limb prosthetic systems. The facility was launched by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Tuesday.
This is yet another step towards the advancement of the ‘Make In India’ campaign.
With the new production unit, Kanpur based Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) will now have the opportunity to work on advanced prosthetic systems which can be produced in the country itself.
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ALIMCO, which is working with the support of Department Of Empowerment Of Person with Disability (DEPwD) and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), had signed the Transfer of Technology (ToT) and Technical & Consultancy Services agreement with a multinational company Ottobock. This agreement was aimed at the production of affordable new generation lower limb prosthetic systems for people with disabilities in the country. The technology will help in improving the independence and mobility for lower limb amputees. The estimated cost of this project is about Rs. 6 crores.
Along with this, ALIMCO also conducted a camp in Kanpur Dehat district where they distributed free aids and appliances to people with disabilities. Artificial limbs and aids were distributed to 692 beneficiaries by the minister, at the camp. The distribution drive was a part of the Assistance to Disabled Persons (ADIP) scheme of the Government, and the distributed goods cost over Rs. 60 lakhs. An assessment camp was conducted in the area earlier in August this year, and the beneficiaries were pre identified at that time.
Adding on to this, 20 beneficiaries who are living with more than 80% disability were also given battery operated tricycles which are fitted with utility boxes. One such tricycle costs Rs. 37,000. A local MP, Devendra Singh, also contributed to this cost with Rs. 2.4 lakh using the MP fund.
The other devices distributed include:
- 550 tricycles
- 26 wheelchairs
- 596 crutches
- 93 walking sticks
- 8 Braille canes 42 digital hearing aid machines
- 2 MSIED kits (Multi Sensory Inclusive Educational Kit)
- 26 prosthetics and orthotics appliances