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“Innovate for Accessible India” Campaign launched by NASSCOM along with Microsoft

The NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) recently launched the “Innovate for Accessible India” campaign along with Microsoft India. The other partners of the initiative include Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

About the Initiative

The Initiative aims to sort out issues of Divyangs (physically challenged) with the help of Artificial Intelligence and Microsoft Cloud and other technologies. The initiative will cover 21 disabilities. These 21 disabilities are according to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Some of the key areas that are to be focused by the initiative includes e-governance, livelihood, health and skilling.


According to 2011 Census, 2% of the India population are disabled. The National Policy for disabled people looks at them as valuable human resources and therefore seeks their protection and full participation in the society.


NASCOM is a non-profit organization that was set up in 1988. In 2013, NASSCOM initiated “10,000 startups” in the country. The main aim of the initiative is to launch 10,000 startups in the country by 2023.

The NASSCOM under its supervision operates National Institute of Smart Government and Data Security Council of India

Data Security Council of India

It was established in 2008. It aims at making cyberspace safe and secure. It also frames standards and initiatives for maintaining privacy and other cyber security standards. It also arranges conferences and creates common platforms for the industries, think tanks and other leaders of data protection industry to come together.

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana: PM distributes aids and devices to Divyangjan and Senior Citizens

On February 29, 2020, PM Modi is to distribute assistive aids and devices to senior citizens and Divyangjan. This is the biggest ever distribution camp.


The distribution camp of assistive aids and devices for senior citizens and Divyangjans by PM Modi is being organized by the Ministry of Social Justice. The objective of the event is to propagate information to senior citizens and Divyangjan belonging to Below Poverty Line category about how to face their challenges in day-to-day life.

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

The RVY was launched in 2016 at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. Since then 137 of these device distribution camps have been conducted.

The main aim of the scheme is to provide assisstive aids and devices to senior citizens and Divyangjans.


According to Census 2011, there are 10.38 crores of senior citizens. And of these, more than 70% of them live in rural areas. Therefore, it is essential to take special care towards them through these camps organized under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana.