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PM Modi stresses on creating Divyang-friendly infrastructure

Updated: Oct 22, 2016 18:49 IST

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): After distributing artificial limbs, tri-cycles and other assistive devices to Divyangs at a function in Navlakhi ground here on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said distributing equipments was a very small part of the programme as the larger aspect was the nation's duty to care for 'Divyang sisters and brothers'.

The Prime Minister stressed, "In every infrastructure we create, we have to be conscious about the requirements of our Divyang sisters and brothers."

"Today I have come here for two programmes - inaugurating the new airport and this programme to be with Divyang sisters and brothers. Distributing equipment is a very small part of the programme. The larger aspect is our duty to care for our Divyang sisters & brothers," said the Prime Minister.

"Our work is not only about making schemes and initiatives. It is about ensuring they reach the intended beneficiaries. The work of this department (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment), for the Dalits and marginalised, is now at the centre stage of the working of the NDA Government," said Prime Minister Modi.

Noting that India is among the fastest growing economies of the world, Prime Minister Modi said development will solve all the problems.

"Do you remember how troublesome it was to get a gas connection? One would have to go to MPs pleading for a cylinder. We decided we will give gas connections to those who did not have them. This will particularly benefit women," he added.

More than 8,000 Divyangs were given assistive devices, including artificial limbs, tri-cycles, at the function organised at the Navlakhi ground jointly by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kanpur-based Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) and the Vadodara district administration.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister inaugurated the state of art international terminal at Harni airport built at a cost of Rs. 160 crore and is spread over 18 thousand square metres.

It is capable of handling 700 passengers every hour. It will have 18 check-in counters on domestic and international terminals. (ANI)