Ministry asks states to sensitise cops on senior citizens

Promoting safety of senior citizens, the Social Justice Ministry asked all state govts to conduct programs to sensitise police.

Updated: Aug 05, 2012, 16:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Promoting safety of senior citizens, the Social Justice Ministry has asked all state governments to conduct programs to sensitise their police and administration on providing security to the elderly.

In a letter addressed to all the Chief Ministers, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik has told them about the various programs which can conducted by them for promoting safety and security of senior citizens.

The Ministry has also informed the states that `Security of Senior Citizens` has been identified as the theme for this year`s International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on October 1.

"I shall be grateful if you could please issue instructions for its observance in a befitting manner at state, district and block level also. This could be done by holding suitable programs and activities pertaining to the identified theme in addition to other activities that are organised each year," Wasnik wrote in the letter.
In his letter, the Minister recommended programs for "sensitisation of police as well as Civil Administration about the security of life and property of senior citizens" and conducting "awareness campaigns to spread education about the concerns and issues of elderly people".

Wasnik has also asked the states to create awareness for ensuring financial security and stability of senior citizens and ensuring availability of facilities of reverse mortgage of property to ensure regular income for them.

The Minister suggested that the states organise these programs with involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions, municipal bodies, Nehru Yuva Kendras, educational institutions and NGOs for maximum benefits to the senior citizens.