- According to the 2011 census, India has around 104 million people, who are over the age of 60.
- And, of that, around 11 lakh senior citizens are registered with the Federation of Senior Citizens Organisation of Maharashtra.
- Earlier this month, around 100 odd senior citizens protested at Churchgate railway station, demanding old age homes, and raise in their monthly pension
In coming days, lakhs of senior citizens residing in Maharashtra are likely to receive aid from the government. In order to provide the adequate facilities to them, the state government has constituted a committee. The committee has been entrusted with the responsibility to provide facilities to the elderly and submit an action plan within three months.
The state government’s resolution stated,
- The state government has prepared the Senior Citizen Policy for the elderly.
- In order to implement this policy in an effective manner, the committee has been constituted.
- The committee will submit the action plan within three months.
- And for the policies, which do not require budget allocation, the action plan is to be submitted within one month.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sailesh Mishra, President of an NGO named Silver Innings, said, “This is indeed a positive step taken by the State government. On May 02, a few senior citizens protested in Mumbai for their demands. That forced the government to constitute a committee to look into the matter.”
He further said, “The government included the members of the various organizations that are working for the rights of the senior citizens. The government has chosen right people for the job. However, the government must implement the action plan effectively. This will definitely benefit lakhs of senior citizens in Maharashtra.”