BJP for national commission for senior citizens

New Delhi: To ensure better care to elderly, the BJP on Sunday demanded setting up of a national commission for senior citizens on the lines of the panels created for women and minorities.

The party said its senior leaders will raise this demand during the ongoing session of the Parliament and will seek a debate on the matter.

"Other than creating National Commission for Senior Citizens, we demand doubling the pension amount being paid to the elderly, health insurance and free medicare facilities to them," BJP president Nitin Gadkari said at the 'Senior Citizen Mahasammelan' here.

BJP leader and founder of Senior Citizen Federation, which organised the meet, said: "The vulnerable citizens have been denied the basic necessities such as health care. They are neglected and suffer at the hands of their own families. These aged people not only need the basic amenities, they also need care and affection."