Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2022
'Vayomaithri' Programme has been launched extending special care for  the geriatrics. The State Level Inauguration of the programme was done by Shri. M. V Govindan Master, Minister, Local Self Government Department and Excise Department, Government of Kerala, at the Cherukunnu Service Cooperative Bank Auditorium, Thavam, Kannur on 15 May 2022. 
The 'Vayomaithri' programme envisages making the Kudumbashree Organizational system, more geriatric friendly, as Kerala has the maximum proportion of elderly people in its population, among all the Indian states. Its during old age, everyone seeks more care, love and treatment. Kudumbashree had already implemented elderly NHG formation activities through 'Relationship Kerala' Programme to pay more attention to the elderly people. Now, the 'Vayomaithri' Programme is launched as part of this. 
CDSs from Wayanad, Kasaragod, Thrissur, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur districts will be turned into 'Vayomaithri CDS' as a pilot project.  As part of the programme, various activities will be implemented in these CDSs such as geriatric education, formation of a minimum of 50 elderly NHGs, implementation of livelihood programmes, activities for the welfare of the elderly converging with the Local Self Government Institutions and other departments etc. These activities will be extended to the remaining CDSs after masking needed amendments as per the pilot project. The AGRSAR  Project of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India will also be implemented as part of this programme.
Announcements regarding the Inspire Programme launched as part of the 100 Day Programme of the Chief Minister (for micro enterprises, Harithakarmasena and other entrepreneurs), Jeevan Deepam Insurance Programme ( associating with Life Insurance Corporation and State Insurance Agency for Kudumbashree members) was also done at the function. Minister also distributed the Kudumbashree Naipunya Scholarship to the deserving trainees who are part of the DDU-GKY, Yuvakeralam Programmes being implemented through Kudumbashree.
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Kudumbashree's 'Vayomaithri' Programme launched for Geriatric Care