A delegation of senior citizens gathered under the banner of Federation of Senior Citizens’ Organizations, Maharashtra today (7 Sept.) met the Governor of Maharashtra K. Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.
The Delegation of Joint Action Committee, for Senior Citizens Nationla Protest Day, Mumbai & Maharashtra (16th August 2010) included Dr.S.Kinjwadekar(AISCCON),Vijay Aundhe(FESCOM),Anil Kashkedhikar (FESCOM), Kaka Samant (GIC Pensioners Associations) , Sailesh Mishra (Silver Inning Foundation) , Hiren Mehta (Harmony) and Prakash Borangaonkar (Help age India).
The delegation requested the Governor to ask the State Government to declare its State Policy on Senior Citizens immediately. The delegation pointed out that even though the Union Government had declared the National Policy for Older Persons in 1999 itself, the State Government has not declared its State Policy even after 11 years. There have been growing incidents of violence and harassment of elderly persons and that act would safeguard the affected persons, the delegation said.
President of the Federation Dr Shankar Kinjwadekar told that Governor that there are 95 lakh senior citizens in Maharashtra of whom 66% are poor. He said, 90% senior citizens do not have any social or health security and over 20% are lonely and susceptible to threat from criminals.
The delegation demanded that the Government form a State Council of Senior Citizens under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Social Justice with representatives from concerned Government departments and Senior Citizens Federations for effective coordination on the problems of senior citizens.
The delegation demanded full implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, setting up of Day Care Centres for the elderly and improvement in the conditions of Old Age Homes in the State.
The Governor assured the delegation that he would take up the issues raised by the delegation with the Chief Minister.
Umesh R. Kashikar
Public Relations Officer