Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment signed the Transfer of Technology (ToT) and Consultancy Services agreement with U.K based Motivation Charitable Trust here today to be its partner in the field of manufacturing of Active wheelchairs in India. The agreement is a step forward in continuation to the MoU signed between the two firms in April last year. The ceremony accomplished in the presence of Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri N. S Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disablities (Divyangjan), M/o SJ&E and Smt. Latha Krishna Rao, Secretary, MoSJ&E. The MoU was signed by Shri D R Sarin, CMD, ALIMCO and Mr. Richard Frost, Chief Executive Officer, M/s Motivation Trust, U.K.Highlights of Agreements:
The Agreement provides opportunity to ALIMCO and M/s Motivation U.K. to work together for producing affordable State- Of- Art wheel chairs having compliance to WHO guidelines.
Under the agreement Motivation offered two products for Transfer of Technology (a) Motivation Rough Terrain Wheelchair; and (b) Motivation Active folding Wheelchair.
In addition, this ALIMCO bought 140 products from Motivation for User Trial. The purpose was to reaffirm the quality & appropriateness of Motivation wheelchairs, tricycles & supportive seats in line with the WHO guidelines on wheelchair services.
Further, Motivation to buy at least 20% of the quantity produced at ALIMCO at cost price minus the royalty charges.
As per agreement Motivation will train the personnel of ALIMCO who in turn will train the ALIMCO persons. Motivation to deploy 05 supervisors at different locations as decided by ALIMCO all over the country to supervise the services rendered at different camps organised across the country.
Technology Transfer will enable ALIMCO to produce and provide cost effective and affordable Wheel chairs to PwDs through its wide spread national network across the country. Production of technologically advanced Wheel chairs will improve the independence and mobility of PwDs from all sections of society in the country.
The agreement is seen as step to gradually decrease the dependency of import of the products from China and to promote the products made at ALIMCO under the ‘Make In India’ initiative.