Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has introduced a scheme for providing physical aids and Assisted Living Devices for Senior Citizens belonging to BPL category named “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY)” on 1st April, 2017 with the objective of providing Senior Citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from age related disabilities/ infirmities, with such physical aids and assisted living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions. Under the Scheme, assisted living devices such as Walking Sticks, Elbow Crutches, Walkers/ Crutches, Tripods/ Quadpods, Hearing Aids, Wheelchairs, Artificial Dentures and Spectacles are provided free of cost to the beneficiary senior citizens.

The Scheme is being implemented through the “Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO)”, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of SJ&E, as the sole Implementing Agency. The devices are distributed in the camp mode. The beneficiaries are identified through Assessment Camps organised in collaboration with the respective State Government/District Administration and the devices are distributed in Distribution Camps organised in the selected districts. For the senior citizens aged 80 years or more, the devices are provided at their doorsteps.

At present, a total of 325 Districts have been selected for the implementation of Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana. The assessment camps to identify the beneficiaries have been completed in 135 districts of which as on 25.01.2019, 77 distribution camps have been organised benefitting 70939 senior citizens belonging to BPL Category.


The State/UT wise/ Year wise number of beneficiaries are given below :

State-wise/Year-Wise Total Number of Senior Citizens Benefited under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (as on 25/01/2019)
Sl. No. States/UTs No. of Beneficiaries
2017-18 2018-19
1 Andhra Pradesh 2720 2682
2 Arunachal Pradesh Nil 384
3 Bihar 1665 261
4 Chhattisgarh Nil 31
5 Delhi 1480 1384
6 Goa 2407 Nil
7 Gujarat 2760 Nil
8 Haryana 1611 563
9 Himachal Pradesh 76 118
10 Jharkhand 21 96
11 Karnataka Nil 1316
12 Kerala 687 275
13 Lakshadweep Nil 528
14 Madhya Pradesh 3980 10959
15 Maharashtra 3126 3217
16 Meghalaya 1822 5469
17 Puducherry 1529 Nil
18 Punjab Nil 804
19 Rajasthan 4210 Nil
20 Sikkim Nil 1814
21 Tamil Nadu Nil 1152
22 Telangana Nil 1473
23 Tripura 795 Nil
24 Uttar Pradesh 4080 2807
25  Uttarakhand 1100 1537
Total No. of Beneficiaries 34069 36870