With welfare and protection of senior citizens becoming a major concern, the demand for setting up of a National Commission for Aged on the lines of National Commission for Women is gaining momentum.
A large group of elders came here all the way from remote parts of the country asking the government to set up a commission for them and demanded it to recognise older people as "a specific vulnerable group under national human rights and humanitarian law".
The group submitted a 14-point memorandum to the government demanding, among others, equal access to gainful employment for those who are able and willing, healthcare, setting up of geriatric wards in hospitals and separate outpatient counters, health insurance schemes and simplified pension procedures.
HelpAge India, an organisation working for the welfare of the elderly, has also submitted a similar memorandum to Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal.
Apart from setting up of a National Commission for Aged, the organisation demanded the government to commit extending "right to development" to older people by giving specific focus to the elderly in any of the national policies and programmes designed to combat poverty.
It also urged the government to issue multipurpose identity cards to the elderly and concessions in fare in the state transports besides launching of special programmes for the aged at panchayat level.
Welcome to Silver Innings Blog, Good Day
Powered by IP2Location.com
The content of this Blog, including text, graphics, images, information are intended for General Informational purposes only. Silver Innings Blog is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the site. While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this Web site is correct, complete, and up-to-date.The links provided on this Blog do not imply any official endorsement of, or responsibility for, the opinions, data, or products available at these locations. It is also the user’s responsibility to take precautionary steps to ensure that information accessed at or downloaded from this or linked sites is free of viruses, worms, or other potentially destructive software programs.All links from this Blog are provided for information and convenience only. We cannot accept responsibility for sites linked to, or the information found there. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site; likewise, not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement.We do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information.Opinions expressed by contributors through discussion on the various issues are not necessarily those of Silver Innings Blog.