Monday, August 16, 2010

Senior Citizens’ National Protest Day 16th August 2010 to observe 16th August as BLACK DAY

Mumbai, Maharashtra

After 63 years of Independence and democracy experiment there are segments of people who are not treated at par with others, there is injustice and discrimination towards them. One of the most neglected and ignored segment is of Senior Citizens. Elders are not considered as part of mainstream, there is unjust treatment to those who gain 60 years of age, and they are suddenly considered ‘Retired’, good for nothing. Government and Civil Society are not bothered of this experienced and skill group of people.

For several decades, Governments at the center and in the states have been neglecting the problems of senior citizens. Just look at the plight of elders and gross indifference of our Rulers:
  • Out of 10 crores of older persons, 66% go hungry every day; 90% have no social or health security; 37% are lonely and neglected.
  • National Policy on Older Persons – Announced in 1999 – Not a single state has fully implemented this policy so far
  • Only 3 states out of 35 have effectively implemented the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act – though three years have passed.
  • Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme implemented by only a few States
  • There is no comprehensive medical or health care for old people even after 60 years
Several sincere and serious attempts to get Governments involved and to listen to our problems and demands have failed. Should we take it lying down any more? No, we should make our needs and demands known to public and pressure the Rulers to take notice. Therefore, a Protest Day, on an all India basis, will be observed on August 16. Nearly thirty State and National level organizations connected with senior citizens from all over India are taking part in this massive movement.

Major demands:
  • Health insurance for all Senior Citizens without any age related restriction or that due to pre existing health condition.
  • Immediate implementation of the Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act all over the Country.
  • Cover all BPL inmates of Old Age Homes including the terminally ill under fully subsidized health insurance and pay those eligible the Old Age Pension.
  • Truthful and honest implementation of the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme all over the Country and payment of minimum of Rs 500/- pension.
  • 50% concession in Railway and State Bus fares for all Senior Citizens.
  • Exclusive Ministry and National Commission for Older Persons at the Centre.
  • As India is Signatory to UN ‘Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing 2002’ we hereby demand to implement/adopt all the principals of Madrid plan in NPOP (National Policy of Older Person).
  • Uniform Age of 60 yrs 

Senior Citizens National Protest Day, Maharashtra Supporting Organization 16th August 2010
Silver Inning Foundation
International Longevity Center - India
Harmony for Silvers Foundation
GIC Pensioners Association
The Family Welfare Agency
General Insurance Pensioners, All India Federation
Brihan Mumbai Pensioners Association
All India Bank Retirees Federation
Jeevan Adhar Seva Sanstha
Dignity Foundation
Help Age India
Indian Federation of Ageing
Shree Ramanugrah Trust
All India Retired Reserve Bank Employee Association
MTNL Pensioners Workers Associations
All India Central Government Pensioners Association
Brihan Mumbai Retired Employees Association