Set up a working group for welfare of senior citizens: Najeeb Jung

Last Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 23:53

New Delhi: Delhi`s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday directed constitution of a working group comprising NGOs and government officials to devise a holistic action plan for the welfare of senior citizens in a time-bound manner.

Jung, who chaired a meeting to discuss safety and welfare of senior citizens, said a public-private partnership, especially with corporates coming forward under CSR would certainly go a long way in evolving a proper policy and mechanism "which is still nascent in our country".

The LG also lauded the efforts made by NGOs and RWAs to help senior citizens.

The meeting was attended by representatives of several NGOs, government officials and other stakeholders.

Representatives of several NGOs highlighted the implementation of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007, has been lackadaisical. Enough infrastructure and mechanism have not yet evolved to take care of nearly a million elderly population in the city, they said.

"There is still a lack of awareness about the legal provisions available in Senior Citizens Welfare Act 2007. More so with the increase in life expectancy, people are retiring early, therefore the need for alternative employment for the elderly is imminent," said Himanshu Rath from Agewell Foundation.

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 23:53

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