Friday, December 3, 2010

Core Committee of National Human Rights Commission on the Elderly

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:45 PM, APSCCON <> wrote:
Dear friends,



about the indifference with which issues of Senior Citizens are treated in our Country. The memories of   observance of the Protest Day on August 16, 2010 are still fresh when hundreds and thousands of elderly men and women in every nook and corner of our great Country walked in silent processions unmindful of their physical disabilities, only to exhibit our disappointment at the insensivity of our rulers towards our problems. Whether that country-wide demonstration made any impact on our State and Central Governments is yet to be seen but fortunately the National Human Rights Commission has taken a note of the situation. They have constituted a Core Group on protection and welfare of the elderly persons. The following terms of reference of the Core Group speak of the  purpose of this very welcome step on part of  NHRC.


            1] To review existing government policies, laws/rules/orders etc and other material from human rights perspective and make an  assessment  of current status of enforcement of the rights of the elderly in different States/UT's in India.

            2] To identify voids and gaps in the policy framework for implementation and to suggest measures to fill the same.

            3] To identify important human rights issues concerning the elderly and to suggest measures as appropriate for better protection of their rights.

            4] To suggest plan of action for enforcement of rights of elderly persons.

            5] To examine best practices in India and abroad dealing with the care of elderly.

            6] Any other issue which is considered relevant to the subject by the group


Dr. SP Kinjwadekar, myself and Prof Sugan Bhatia have been nominated as members of the Core Group representing All India Senior Citizens' Confederation [AISCCON]. Mr. K.R. Gangadharan who has recently joined us as our advisor is also nominated  as  a member of the Core Group in addition to nine other eminent senior citizens.


I request you to kindly write to me or send email if you are aware of any situation where according to you the human rights of senior citizens have been violated or any matter which would fall in the purview of the above terms of reference. It will enable us to prepare ourselves for a meaningful discussion in the Core Group and effective representation to NHRC. My address is as follows,

            8-2-333/14a, Road No. 3,

            Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500034

            E Mail :

            Tel : 040 – 23542719/9052004913

            Fax : 040 - 23548409

Warm regards,
President: All India Senior Citizens' Confederation

My hearty congratulations to you, Dr Kinjawadekar, Mr Gangadharan, Prof Sugan Bhatia , Dr PKB Nayar and others on becoming members of the Core Group of NHC for the protection of human rights of the elderly.This is indeed a milestone in the progress of Senior Citizens movement in India.With your permission I would like to place a copy of this message in my blog for wider circulation.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy,


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