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Friday, May 22, 2015


The signed copy of the Pune Declaration on "Making Smart Cities Age-friendly" was handed over to the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Phadnavis, by the Chairman of ILC-I, Shri Jayant Umranikar on the auspicious day of Akshaytritaya, the 21st of April 2015. And the same is being sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


On the cusp of the commencement of the vision of the ‘100 Smart Cities’ as propounded by Honourable, Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India,

Acknowledging that,  India today has nearly 100 million elderly population over the age of 60 years which by 2050, may grow to  315 million and by the time these Smart Cities become functional,  every fifth citizen of a city and every third voter in the electorate, may be a senior citizen,

We, the representatives of senior citizens’ organizations, NGOs and stakeholders in the cause of population ageing, under the aegis of the International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I), having met on the 15th of February 2015 in Pune, unanimously declare the following:

Principles of thought and action:

  1. Advocating World Health Organization’s concepts of ‘Active Ageing’ and that of an age-friendly city with elder-friendly, barrier-free structures & services encouraging easy accessibility for all senior citizens,
  2. Believing in the UN Principles of Older Persons and their emphasis on Independence, Dignity, Self-fulfillment, Participation and Care,
  3. Drawing inspiration from the Priority Directions of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, with special focus on ”Ensuring Enabling and Supportive Environments”,

We, the representatives of senior citizens’ organizations, NGOs and stakeholders in the cause of population ageing,

Declare the following areas of intervention that would serve to build the framework for Age-friendly Cities and Communities:

  •     Transportation, Outdoor spaces, Buildings &Housing
  •     Community Support, Recreation and Health Services
  •    Social and Civic Participation of Senior Citizens
  •    Safety and Security of Senior Citizens
  •   Employment, Communication and Information
  •    Development of Affordable Technology and Assistive Devices

Dedicate ourselves to: 

  1.     Ensuring an enabling environment to make an age-friendly city barrier-free, inclusive, connected and accessible.
  2.  Building an elder-friendly social environment having an age-friendly, affordable infrastructure that aids mobility, connectivity and most importantly, independence of the senior citizen as also developing ‘ageing-in-place’ housing facilities, using inclusive innovations.

We, the Undersigned, Pledge ourselves to:

  •      Supporting the building and development of safe & inclusive neighbourhoods, including public infrastructure, buildings, roads, pavements, elder-friendly housing, hospitals, retirement homes, residential care & nursing homes.
  •     Establishing safe, comfortable and affordable transportation systems that facilitate qualitative mobility, connectivity and easy accessibility of places & services for senior citizens.
  •      Ensuring the availability of good quality, affordable health services including preventive, primary, secondary care, rehabilitative and palliatives services, long-term and end of life care.

  •      The Government, society, community, NGOs and the Senior citizens themselves would work towards making all proposed Smart Cities of the country, “Age-friendly”using inclusive innovations and affordable technology, in the areas of Transportation and Roads, Housing, Infrastructure, Social Environment, Health Services, Safety and Security of the Senior Citizens, Outdoor spaces, Communication and Information.

Pune, 15th February 2015

Name, Designation and Signed by:

Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, President, International Longevity Centre-India(ILC-I).
Dr. Arun Nigavekar, Vice President, ILC-I
Mr. Jayant Umranikar, Chairman, International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I).
Mr. D. N. Chapke, President, All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON).
Mr. N. M. Kodolikar, President, Federation of Senior Citizens Organisations of Maharashtra (FESCOM).
Dr. T. N. Wazarkar, President, All Senior Citizens Organisations of Pune(ASCOP).
Dr. Siva Raju, Dean & Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences & Hon. Director, ILC-I.
Mr. R. H. Belavadi, Hon. Director, ILC-I
Dr. Dilip Satbhai, Hon. Treasurer, ILC-I
Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Director, School of Health Sciences, University of Pune & Hon. Director, ILC-I.
Ms. Anjali Raje, Executive Director, International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I).
Mr. Sailesh Mishra, Founder, Silver Innings, Mumbai.
Mr. Hiren Mehta, Harmony for Silvers Foundation
Mr. Prakash Borgaonkar, Director, HelpAge India
Dr. S. P. Kinjawadekar, Former President, AISCCON
Mr. Jaydeo Naik, Secretary, Viman Nagar JyeshthaNagrik Sangha
Dr. Vinod Shah, President, Janseva Foundation
Mr. Madhukar Pawar, Executive President, ASCOP
Mr. Ramanbhai Shah, Former President, AISCCON
Mr. Avinash Lakare, Central Council member of AISCCON
Dr. Alka Vyas Vice President,AISCCON & Vice President (Women’s Cell),FESCOM.
Mr. Vinayak Bhave, Hon. Advisor (Finance), ILC-I.



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