Police asked to create state geriatric register
August 13, 2011 DC Thiruvananthapuram
The 400-plus police stations in the State have been asked to prepare
an area-specific geriatric register, a database of senior citizens
within their jurisdiction.
The register will have all relevant details of the senior citizen and
also his/her dependents. The details will help the police keep
constant tabs on the welfare of the old.
The police will also know whom to contact in times of emergency.
"There have been a number of instances where the world has come to
know of the death of an old person days after it had happened," said
the inspector general, Mr S. Gopinath.
"The database will ensure that constant enquiries are made about their
welfare." A representative of a local police station, along with a
social worker or volunteer, will visit the senior citizens at least
once a month.
That's not all. The police also intend to set up a toll-free helpline
number for senior citizens. They could call this number for any help
they require, right from plumbers to emergency medical assistance.
Mr Gopinath said the plan was to create a kind of senior citizens
corps, an assortment of professionals dedicated to the service of
It will have doctors, nurses, social workers, drivers, plumbers and
cooks who will always be on call.
The creation of a Geriatric Register was a directive issued by the DGP
in a circular issued in 2010 after rules were framed for the
Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007.