Thursday, December 27, 2012

MWPSCA Rules in AP - Telugu version released by CM


Senior Citizens met the Chief Minister  on 24-12-2012.
The  Executive Committee of Senior Citizens led by Dr. Rao Chelikani, Chairman Federation of A.P. Senior Citizens organistions (FAPSCO) called, today  morning on   Sri N.Kiran Kumar Reddy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and requested him on the occasion of World Telugu Meet, to   release the  official Telugu version of the Rules and Regulations of the Maintenance &  Welfare  of Parents  and Senior Citizens Act-2011 printed  with the courtesy of the FAPSCO and HelpAge India.

  The Chief Minister has released the same. The delegation, then, presented a Memorandum requesting him to arrange for a State level conference of Senior citizens on the lines of the National Conference held in Delhi by Government of  India. Secondly, In view of the grand success of the Elders Mela held recently in Hyderabad which brought all providers of goods and services to the senior citizens, the Chief Minister was  also requested to issue instructions to arrange for district level Melas.

The delegation has requested the Chief Minister to issue instructions to the District Collectors to form District Committees of Senior Citizens, as per the Rules issued by the Government.The delegation has also requested the Chief Minister, in a separate memorandum, to expedite providing concession in bus travel to the senior citizens which is pending with the Government for a long time.

The Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to  Sarvasri. M.Suryanarayana,Sri.B.Om Prakash, Smt. N.M. Rajeshwari,  and Sri P.S.Bhagavanulu. Sri.B.N.Chetty and other seniors from Kurnool district

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Meet Mr Murugesan - the barefoot librarian

Murugesan in his shop
Mr Murgesan of Dindukkal in Tamilnadu is a rare personality. Born in Kumaran Thandalam village near Alankanallur in Madurai, he is a 72 year old librarian cum second handbook seller with a difference. He enjoys procuring and supplying books in Tamil Language, culture and literature useful MPhil and PhD Scholars in several universities.He has studied only up to second class! He developed a taste for books when he was running a shop for waste paper. Books and pamphlets attracted him. Started attending free seminars, debates, conferences etc. He had the opportunity of many students and teachers visiting his shop because of useful collection of books.

He has named his children: IRaiMani, IRaiRani, IRaiMalar, IRaiEeasan  etc. IRai stands for God in Tamil. Some customers who were surprised by his devotion to Tamil language and culture, though utterly uneducated in a formal sense, suggested that he supplies books to university research students.He has been peddling his wares with sack load of books on his back for about twenty years.
He is fondly referred to as "Putthaga Taathaa" (old man with books) by students.

He has helped a few thousand students to complete their research courses. One Susheela Gopalan mentioned his contribution and acknowledged his help in her PhD thesis. Since then, quite a large number of Research dissertations include his name in acknowledged page. As a librarian, I can say this is a distinct honor for self less work. Murugesan does not charge anything specific for his service. He accepts whatever is given happily. He buys season ticket from Dindukkal  to Madurai regularly. Within cities and towns he goes by bus or walk. Any book required by a scholar is located (within a week utmost) in a book shop or library, bought / borrowed and delivered at the residence of customer. All out of love for helping academics.  He is proud to mention that the ice Chancellor of Tamil University Tanjavur, Ma Thirumalai and HOD of Tamil Dept, Smt Chandira are among his beneficiaries. They have referred a large number of students to him.
His heart is full of contentment and happiness. If this is not a story of productive ageing what else can be?

(Story courtesy: Ananda Vikatan dated 28 nov 2012 pages 74-77 Translated / re-told by Vyasamoorthy)


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph 040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Generic Medicine shops in Hyderabad

Generic Medicine shops in Hyderabad

Jeevanadhara Pharmacy
LIG-B-301 Railway Reservation Counter Lane
Near Andhra Bank ATM Dr ASR Rao Nagar Hyderabad
Ph 040-64644611cell 93943 3998889
Nanda Pharmaceuticals & Health care (N Venkateswarlu)
12-13-485/3/1 new no 1396 behind IICT, Street no 14, Lane no 10,
Nagarjuna nagar, Tarnaka, Secunderbad 500017.
Phone 27173393 / Mobile 8106300080
Osmania General Hospital – 9848296909 /24605666
Gandhi hospital - 27507748
kukatpalli - 040 - 64554799
RTC X Roads Akunuri Medicals – 9246841384

There are also shops in LB Nagar / Khatedhan / Malkajgiri
and Laxminagar (Picket)        

Those who know the contact numbers may give it to me.

There are also shops in Vijayawada Guntur and Warangal

Monday, December 17, 2012

Senior Citizens News from Pakistan

Read two news items on Draft Senior Citizens Law in Pakistan.

Press Information Dept, Pakistan
PR No. 89
AGE DEMANDS ACTION: Policy for the Rights of Older People in Pakistan
Islamabad: October 10, 2012

Older People being a vulnerable group have been and still facing
number of problems and issues, the ratio of difficulties is high in
under developing countries like Pakistan. Their vulnerability becomes
double and triples in a disaster or emergency situation, and they have
often been overlooked in humanitarian and development work. Moreover
they are being challenged by discrimination, health, poverty and
social protection issues. Despite the fact older people are still
contributing a lot in the society. There is an utmost need to raise
the issues, needs and concerns of older people and advocate for their

A national seminar was organized by National Council of Social Welfare
(Ministry of Capital Administration and Development), HelpAge
International and Pakistan National Centre on Ageing (PNCA) at
Islamabad to urge the government for a Policy for the rights of Older
people in Pakistan.

According to a recent report by UNFPA and HelpAge International,
Pakistan is one of those 15 countries where population of people over
60 years of age is over 10 million, Currently there are 11.3 Million
people over 60 in Pakistan, which will be increased to 43.3 Million in
2050, making 15.8 percent of the total population.

Speaking to the seminar Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Secretary Ministry of
CAAD, Said that the state has recognized the need of the indigent
older people and intends to make institutional arrangements. The
policy for older people is dire need, the constitution of Islamic
republic of Pakistan enjoins on the state to alleviate the suffering
of all citizens, irrespective of age, sex, cast, creed or race. She
further said that National Council of social welfare under ministry of
CAAD drafted a bill for the older people and the same bill will be
presented in the parliament after completing consultation with all
line ministries, division departments and other stakeholders.

Ajeeba Aslam, Country Director HelpAge International Pakistan, said
"Population ageing – especially in the developing countries like
Pakistan – requires urgent, strategic actions at national, regional
and global level. She informed that senior citizens bill is pending in
the Pakistan Parliament since 2007 and it's a very fortunate today
that government has advised for consultation of this bill with
stakeholders and it will be then presented to parliament.

Other speakers include Col (Retd) S.K. Tressler, Former Minister,
former Chairman NCSW and Patron PNCA. Mr. Muzaffar Mahmod Qureshi,
Former federal secretary, Mr. S Farogh Naveed, former additional
secretary, Prime Minister Secretariat, Dr Haider Zaman, Mr. Akbar
Hayat Gandapur has also emphasized on the need of policy for the
rights of older people in Pakistan.

Ms. Gayyur Sultana, Director General (Directorate of Social welfare
and Special Education), in her concluding remarks wished all the
success to the organizers and assure her complete support in the
accomplishment of this struggle.


PR No. 91
our most valuable National Asset. CAD is committed to work for the
well-being of the older people. A draft bill is ready to secure the
welfare of the senior citizens.
Islamabad: October 10, 2012

"Senior citizens are our valuable, national asset and we must learn
from their enriched experiences. NGO's, Civil Society and everyone
among us must contribute to secure the rights of the old people. I
commit to play my role on behalf of the ministry in facilitating the
senior citizens of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and would
encourage NGO's to play their role in ensuring activities and seminars
so that we could benefit from the expertise of the senior citizens",
said the Secretary.

Secretary Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD),
Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi said while addressing the National Seminar on
Policy for the Rights of elder citizens in Pakistan.

The Secretary said that CAD has prepared a draft bill for protecting
the rights of the senior citizens, which will be introduced in the
National Assembly soon. The draft bill was circulated among the senior
citizens for feed back. She added that Special Desks will be
established at major hospitals like PIMS and Polyclinic to facilitate
the senior citizen visiting these hospitals for medical check up.

"We need to seriously think about our respected senior citizens who
constitute 6% of the total population of the country. Giving respect
to the elder is enshrined in our religion and part of our social
culture. Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2012
shall provide steps for the well-being, comfort and Social Security of
the senior citizens of ICT. The Senior Citizen Welfare Council is to
be constituted after the passage of the Bill, will ensure their well

She added that the Council will formulate Policy Proposals, conduct
research and compile their data and then formulate proposals as per
their requirements and later mobilize financial resources for their

The seminar was jointly organized by OldAge International and Ministry
of CAD. Senior Joint Secretary CAD Abdul Latif Leghari and other
senior officials attended the meeting.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Hong Kong Weather Dept cares for seniors: see

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fwd: Google wishes me Happy Birthday

Dear Friends

When I opened Search Page on Google this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see the Google Image changed and when I moved cursor over the image (BD Greetings) "Happy Birthday Padmanabha!" could be seen as the image title.
Obviously Google is tracking BD via my profile! Great!!! I feel my admiration to Google stands vindicated / reciprocated.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph 040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Hong Kong Weather Dept cares for seniors: see

Age ventures India Retirement communities in multiple locations

Retire right here


The elderly need a space for a full life without being moved away to
exclusive communities
K. Murali KumarRetirement flats allow couples to take it easy and feel safe


peoplesenior citizens
social issues (general)social services

A new idea sees developers assigning a part of their regular projects
towards fully planned retirement flats, thus bringing the elderly into
the mainstream. Vaishna Roy reports

"We don't believe in pushing people into separate communities," says
Arun Gupta, the affable CEO of Age Ventures India (AVI). That in a
nutshell sums up what this non-profit venture is trying to do for
senior housing in the country. In a new and welcome move, AVI is
teaming up with developers to persuade them to convert a portion of
their new projects into elderly-friendly housing units. Thus, rather
than get isolated in retirement homes, the elderly can live and
interact with the larger community and yet be cared for with all the
little frills that make the sunset years carefree.

AVI liaises with leading developers working on large housing projects
or mini townships and works with them to dedicate 15-20 per cent of
their units into a separate retirement block. "We don't retire from
life, we just retire from work," says Gupta. The idea is to provide a
setting where the couple can take it easy, enjoy value-added pursuits,
be safe and yet stay in the mainstream.

AVI ties up with developers across cities. For instance, it has tied
with Shriram Properties in Chennai, Brigade Group in Bangalore,
Ramprastha Property in Gurgaon, and the ARG Group in Jaipur. In
Chennai, 134 of the 1,800-odd apartments at the Shriram Shankari
Complex in Guduvanchery will be set aside for Sanjeevani, the senior
living project.

The idea makes sense in more ways than one. As Ashok Iyer, VP, Shriram
Properties, says, "It's a purely economic solution. Surging land
costs, even in suburbs, make it unviable for senior citizens. Here, we
can even give them a swimming pool or badminton court."

Melur Meadows, an idyllic retirement village in Coimbatore, is talking
to developers for a similar tie-up. Says Maj. Sathyanarayanan, CEO,
"The idea is to move away from exclusive spaces for the elderly and
create inclusive spaces, where they can share common life facilities
with the larger community." He adds that the elderly need to feel a
sense of belonging, to see younger people. "We must find an Indian
solution for our seniors."

It is estimated that the 60+ population in India will touch 240
million by 2050. The demographic is growing at 3.8 per cent per annum
compared to the general rate of 1.8 per cent. Unlike the West, where
senior living is a mature industry, India has woken up to this segment
only in the last decade or so. A number of retirement communities,
both middle-end and luxurious, have come up across the country, but
this is the first time that the idea of merging them with regular
housing has been taken up.

It's a timely move. As a Jones Lang LaSalle report says, a significant
section of seniors today are independent, financially stable, and
well-travelled. They want to pursue hobbies or social work. They are
healthy and alert and don't appreciate being shunted out of sight.
Then there's the NRI phenomenon — children in the West too far away to
take care of parents here but concerned enough to look for holistic
solutions; and NRI retirees who want to come home to world-class
senior spaces.

These units have — besides the basics such as kitchen and dining room,
24-hour medical and nursing services, security and green spaces —
auditoriums, library and Internet zones, spas and yoga rooms, hobby
and indoor game areas with pottery, painting, carrom board and more.
Even more useful, there are valet and concierge services to pay bills,
book tickets and so on. Says Gupta: "AVI has even collaborated with
SRM University for seniors to take coaching or special classes there."
Owners pay a monthly fee for catering, medical and other value-added
services to AVI, which outsources these functions.

AVI has tied up with Help Age India for training its staff in
geriatric issues and for help in setting up counselling and physio
centres. It has also tied up with MHA, UK for laying down policies,
procedures and safety standards. MHA will also carry out annual

The block comes with an assisted living facility that a couple can
move into if needed. This echoes the gloabl trend for continuing care,
where a single campus provides the range of services from independent
and assisted living to skilled nursing care.

As Gupta says, "If a retirement home is really good, nobody should
need to move out." And if retirees can spend their sunset years in a
sunrise environment, it sounds like a great solution.

Keywords: Retirement homes, elder care, Help Age India

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fwd: 12th Five Year Plan to be discussed in NAC on 27-12-12.

I am happy to reproduce an open Letter to Ms Sonia Gandhi.
The thrust of the letter explains the indifference of Planning
Commission towards concerns of senior citizens and urges Smt Sonia
Gandhi to remedy the ills of elderly poplulation by allocating
sufficients funds in the next five year plan. NAC is meeting on 27th
December Hence the Urgency. Thanks a lot Mr. Ruparelia for a well drafted
letter. This is the need of the hour indeed.

M.V.Ruparelia, A 503 Rashmi Utsav, Near Jangid Estate & Vijay Park,
Mira Road (East), Dist. Thane-Maharashtra-401107. E/Mail:

Smt Sonia Gandhi,
Charperson, National Advisory Council,
2 Motilal Nehru Place, New Delhi-110011.

Sub: Draft 12th Five Year Plan to be discussed on 27-12-12.

We, 12 crore Elders of the Country, are disappointed to see 2 page-9
paragraphs from 24.233 to 24.242 on Senior Citizens in Final Draft of
12th Five Year Plan to be discussed on 27-12-12 in NAC. Elders of the
Country look to you for making proper provisions in this Plan, you
also being one of the Elders. As you are aware a National Policy was
announced in 1999 after Cabinet`s approval on 13-2-99. Large number of
provisions are remaining unimplemented even after 14 years due to
Planning Commission & Finance Ministry not making available the
required funds to various Stake Holders including States/UTs, though
required to do so under para 93. A glance at 12th Plan Final Draft to
be discussed with NAC on 27-12-12 will indicate as to how much and how
sincerely Government is providing funds for welfare of other weaker,
vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of the Society like
SC/ST/OBC/Handicaps/Disabled/Minorities but step motherly treatment is
given to their Elders, who are more abused at present than so-called
abused communities, more disabled & more handicapped than certified
disabled & handicaps and in minority (10%).!!

Nodal Ministry had given various recommendations for inclusion in 12th
Plan after considering practical difficulties felt by them in
implementing the Policy in time but only few were accepted by Working
Group on Social Welfare of Planning Commission, which gave about 30
recommendations (2.8.1 to 2.8.15, 2.9.1 to 2.9.15) in October, 11. It
is observed from Final Draft placed on Web Site that about 11
recommendations are taken note of out of more than 30 given by Working
Group. No cognizance is taken of the following recommendations of
Working Group:

i) 2.8.3 : To increase Insurance Cover under
Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna to Rs 1 lakh for Senior Citizens.

ii) 2.8.4: Provision of 1800 crore for setting more
Geriatric Centres/Wards for Senior Citizens.

iii) 2.8.5: Enhancement of Pension under Indira Gandhi
National Old Age Pension Scheme. Many MPs have represented from time
to time, the last being through Unstarred Question in Rajya Sabha vide
Question no. 1853 dt 30-8-12 to increase this pension to Rs 5000 p.m.
During Nationwide agitation Pension Commission of Smt Aruna, Member of
NAC, Rs 2000 minimum was demanded.

iv) 2.8.7: 14 Centres for Assisted Living for
rehabilitation of Elderly suffering from dementia etc.

v) 2.8.9: Setting up of National Institute of Ageing.

vi) 2.8.11: Providing Training to Care Givers in 100 cities.

vii) 2.8.14: Free Legal Service to BPL Senior Citizens.

viii) 2.9.1: Setting up of Separate Department of Senior
Citizens. At present, subject of Drug addicts is also attached.
Department is understaffed.

ix) 2.9.3 to 2.9.10: These are important matters
required to be reflected in Plan.

x) 2.9.11: Weekly Programme of 1 hour on Doordarshan
will go a long way to establish awareness amongst Society. Similar
Provision for Private Channels also must be provided by legislation or

xi) 2.9.13 to 15: Very important Provisions to be
enforced and provided in Plan.

According to News, Planning Commission has turned down the proposal of
Ministry Of Social Justice to provide Old Age Homes for destitute
Senior Citizens at district level as Central Scheme on the plea that
this involves non-recurring expenditure only and as such States have
to provide funds and not the Planning Commission. In the final draft
also, Planning Commission has insisted on States to provide funds for
this huge work.This scheme of providing Old Age Homes for destitutes
is statutorily provided in Sec 19 of Maintenance & Welfare of Parents
and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and Rules framed there under. 150
destitutes in such Homes are to be provided from day one, nutritious &
wholesome diet; adequate clothing from time to time; linens,
sanitation, hygiene, security arrangements; transport to nearby
hospitals; premiums for health insurance; electricity, fans, heating
arrangements during winter; recreation facilities; televisions,
newspapers, books; managing staff etc. All these require recurring
expenditure much more than initial non-recurring expenditure of
providing Homes. Argument of Planning Commission that this involves
only non-recurring expenditure is apparently not correct.

Working Group on Social Defence constituted by Planning Commission
for formulation of 11th Plan had recommended to transfer this to Plan
Head to facilitate establishment of Old Age Homes on large scale.
Ministry of Social Justice had also formulated the Scheme to construct
300 such Homes at a cost of Rs 635 crore during 11 th Plan. This was
not accepted by Planning Commission, though Rs 60 crore was provided
in 11th Plan Period and matter was postponed for discussion in Working
Group of 12th Plan!! Planning Commission was not interested to
facilitate provision made in Statutory Act, 2007!!

Working Group of 12th Plan examined the whole issue in depth and not
only recommended funds for generation of Awareness of this Act, 2007
but also Rs 1680 crore for assisting States to discharge their
statutory duties of providing Old Age Homes during 12th Plan. Para 93
of National Policy, 99 also lays down that Planning Commission &
Finance Ministry will facilitate budgetary provisions required for
implementation of the Policy, 99. Act, 2007 is the outcome of this
Policy, 99 and Planning Commission cannot deny the provision of
sufficient funds even to States/UTs for this noble cause statutorily
provided in Centrally Sponsored Act, 2007 for benefit of 3546.8 lakh
BPL Elders of the Country. If not provided, no Homes will be
constructed by States/Uts as not done since 2007 to 2012!! As
repeatedly brought to your notice for last 3 years of our agitations,
large number of provisions of NPOP, 99 are not implemented by stake
holders & States due to unhelpful attitude of Planning Commission &
Finance Ministry in not providing funds, as laid down in Policy, 99.

We request You as one of us as well as Chair Person of NAC to look in
to this unhelpful attitude of Planning Commission and get sufficient
funds provided for your 12 crore Elders in 12th Plan.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,



Indifference of Planning Commission towards Senior Citizens

Dear Friends
I am giving below an article written by Sri RN Mital, President of All
India Senior Citizens Confederation.
It is important that we should raise a unified voice against the
indifference of Planning Commission.I request you to reproduce it
extensively in your websites, blogs, discussion groups etc. Pl
circulate it among your friends. Ask them to write to the Planing
Commission to change their stance and provide meaningful
recommendations to the government.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Indifference of Planning Commission towards Senior Citizens

(RN Mital, President, AISCCON)

Indifferent Planning Commission - We are all aware of the fact that
the major reason for imperfect implementation by the States/UT's of
the NPOP 99 was inadequate or nil budgetary support. It happened in
spite of our repeated representations to GOI, and was largely due to
the indifference on part of the Planning Commission and the Ministry
of Finance.

Now we have another shocker: according to media reports Planning
Commission has recently turned down MOSJE's proposal of building old
age homes as mandated in the MWPSC ACT 2007. In a letter on October 30
to Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Hon'ble Kumari Selja, the
Vice Chairman of Planning Commission Sri Montek Ahluwalia has opined
that the activity to construct old age homes for indigent senior
citizens, did not fall under Central Government's domain and that it
would be appropriate if this activity is run by state governments

The claim that the construction of OAH does not fall in the Central
Govt domain is not fully justified because otherwise how could Shri
Chidambram allot Rs 200Crore for assistance to States to construct OAH
in the budget for 2008 [or 09?] which was reduced to 100 Crores in
2010-11 but remained unutilized?.

In fact for the 11th 5 year plan a centrally sponsored scheme was
worked out by MOSJE to build 300 OAH at the cost of Rs 635 Crores. But
as the Planning Commission thought fit to allot only 60 crores for
this purpose the scheme was recast and it was decided to build only
100 homes within the grant available. Even this scheme was rejected by
the Commission. It is learnt that for the 12thPlan the Working group
of MOSJE recommended again 640 OAH to be established in districts at
the cost of 1680 Crores in partnership with the States which also is
not acceptable to the Commission

Most of the States neither have the political will nor resources to
take up construction of OAH in all districts unless they are helped.
This is the reason why not a single Old Age Home has come up during
the last 6 years in any district under the mandate of the above Act.

In the policy document of the 12th Plan the Commission has emphasized
that the concept of "Ageing in place" should be promoted and that the
institutional care should be the last resort. It is accepted that
"ageing in place" is a good concept but it is applicable to
comparatively the well to do category and not to the indigent senior
citizens for whom the above facilities are required.

According to a report in The Hindu on an average two old persons are
found abandoned daily in Chennai. They are abandoned on high ways, in
religious places or hospitals when their families feel that they have
become a burden. We do not have figures for the whole Country but it
must be in hundreds. The Old Age Homes are needed for them and it will
be very unfortunate if funds even for this activity are denied by the
Planning Commission. It is nothing but sheer neglect of the Senior
Citizens in our Country.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Poverty among the elderly - some statistics

The document ssrn_id1756759.pdf says 35 m among seniors are chronically poor.
Here are some more points:
Poverty among the elderly in India

1. Extract from UNPF report released in November 2012 section 4.1
(this was presented during latest Seminar on Inclusive Growth in Delhi)

Overall, 74 per cent of elderly men and about 41 per cent of elderly
women report receiving some personal income. However, the majority
fall in the low income
category. The distribution shows that 43 per cent of all elderly
receive no income, 22 per cent receive less than Rs 12,000, 21 per
cent receive between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 50,000 and around 14 per cent
receive more than Rs. 50,000 per annum.

On poverty front, it is already established in developed countries
like UK that the proportion of elderly people living at or below the
poverty line is
very much higher than that of younger people (Townsend, 1981). It is
also evident from
Indian data that 40 percent of the elderly live below the poverty line
and 90 percent are
neither covered by any state pension nor have any family to take care
of them 4 .
However, still little is known about poverty among the elderly 5

NPOS 2011 states in intro that 51 m elderly live below poverty line.

4. WHO report on Ageing in India by Indira Jayaprakash says: Nearly
60% to 75% of all elderly are economically dependent on others in


AP CM on old age homes Nov 2012

CM, AP has taken a review of programs for women, children, disabled and
senior citizens. Funds have been allocated. Long article but there is
some meat towards
the end! at last elections are waking him up from deep sleep. PVM
Andhra Pradesh CM asked officials to go ahead programmes for the
welfare of women, children, disabled and SEnior Citizens
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Report by India Education bureau, Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr N
Kiran Kumar Reddy today asked the officials to go ahead with all the
programmes for the welfare of women, children, disabled and senior
citizens in the state. He has also directed the Finance Department to
release adequate funds as required to complete these welfare
programmes launched and being launched by the Department.

The Chief Minister reviewed the issues and programmes of the
department of women, children, disabled and senior citizens in detail
with the Minister and officials. He has directed the officials to
achieve elimination of malnutrition among women and children,
protection of child rights, protection of women and welfare of
disabled and senior citizens within a time-frame and with clear mile

Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that we should have to reduce low weight at
birth of children and underweight of children in a big way. Minister
for Women and Child Welfare Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, Principal
Secretary, Women and Child Welfare, Neelam Sawhney, Principal
Secretary, Finance, D Sambasiva Rao and other officials attended the
meeting. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to speed up
recruitment to the vacancies in the department like Group I (APPSC)
and II supervisors etc. Department officials explained to the Chief
Minister various programmes taken up for the welfare of women,
Children, disabled and senior citizens.

The Chief Minister already announced the "Indiramma Amrutha Hastham"
under which "One Full Meal" will be provided to Pregnant and Lactating
mothers and children from 6 months to 6 years since one of the
critical interventions is to address the nutritional needs of Pregnant
& Lactating mothers. This will be achieved by the "One Full Meal"
programme which will have the impact like enhancing the quality and
acceptability of nutrition by the pregnant & lactating mothers;
improving the enrollment of pregnant and lactating mothers at AWCs;
ensuring that pregnant mothers consume 90+ IFA Tablets; decreasing
prevalence of anaemia & under-nutrition among pregnant & lactating
mothers; ensuring that they receive health checkup and immunization;
reducing the incidence of low birth babies and malnutrition among
children and reducing the incidence of Infant Mortality, Child
Mortality and Maternal Mortality. Improving nutrition levels of
children of 0-2 years: This is to focus on early initiation of breast
feeding; Advocating exclusive breast feeding for 6 months; Educate
about complementary feeding from 7 months to 2 years; Frequent &
adequate feeds from different categories of food; Study the existing
Modified Therapeutic Food (MTF) being served to children from 7 months
to 2 years; Bring about behavioural change in the community and
converged action with Health Dept., RWS & SHGs. Programme for
Adolescent Girls: Effective implementation of existing schemes of
SABLA and KSY - Formation of Kishori Samoohas in all districts and
Providing nutrition in 7 districts. Provide health services on Kishori
Diwas - Once in 3 months and Test hemoglobin & weight. Impart
education on Life Skills and Health & Nutrition. Engage adolescent
girls through school education and through vocational training.

Sensitize about social issues - marriage age and trafficking. "MAHILA
SHISHU CHAITHANYAM": Day 1-Meeting of mothers at AWCs on nutrition,
IYCF, child sex ratio, and domestic violence; Day 2-Meeting of
adolescents at AWCs on nutrition, life skills, child marriage &
trafficking; Day 3-Meeting of community at Gram Panchayats on
nutrition, social issues & gender sensitization; Day 4 & 5--meeting of
mandal level officers, PRIs, NGOs, opinion leaders and preparation of
action plan and Day 6--meeting of district level officers, PRIs, NGOs,
opinion leaders and preparation of action plan. Converged action by
ICDS, Health, RWS, SERP under "Maarpu" - Focus on 20 key interventions
and its monitoring - Early registration of pregnancy, antenatal check
ups, maternal nutrition, high risk pregnancies, birth planning,
institutional delivery, breast feeding, new born care, immunization,
growth monitoring, complementary feeding, management of illnesses,
referral system, family planning, maternal & child death reviews,
sanitation & hygiene, age at marriage, adolescent girls and gender
sensitization; Convergence in Service Delivery at the habitation level
- Services & counseling during NHDs, FDHS & Home visits; Conduct of
"Mahila Shishu Chaitanyas" once in a quarter; Participation of SHGs &
Village Organisations (VOs) - Preparation of Village Health &
Nutrition Plans; Use of Maternal and Child Protection (MCP) card -
Geographical synchronization and Administrative Structures for

Framework for Protection of Child Rights & Women: Implementation of
the Acts - The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,
2000, the Prohibition of Child Marriages Act, 2006, the Immoral
Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, Protection of Women from Domestic
Violence Act-2005 and Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961; Integrated Child
Protection Scheme (ICPS); Girl Child Protection Scheme (GCPS); Indira
Gandhi Matritva Sahayog Yojana (IGMSY); Compensation for victims of
atrocities; A.P. Society for Protection & Empowerment of Women and
Children and Institutions for Children & Women. Issues concerning the
Disabled: Marriage Incentive Awards enhanced to Rs.50,000/- Under
Economic Rehabilitation Scheme rate of subsidy enhanced to
Rs.30,000/-& the target for 2012-13 is 3266 beneficiaries - 2012-13 BE
for Economic and a Separate Study circle are being considered by the
Government for the disabled.

Establishment of Old Age Homes: As per the Maintenance and Welfare of
Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, the State Government are to
establish and maintain at least one Old Age home in each district to
accommodate 150 senior citizens; Establishment of new old age homes in
23 Districts requires Rs.1088.36 lakhs per annum. Hiring of vehicles
for District Officers - There is a need for District Officers to have
vehicle so that they can easily reach out to Persons with Disabilities
& Senior Citizens in Districts. The Chief Minister agreed to the


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kumari Selja - New MInister for Social Justice & Empowerment

Hearty Congratulations to Kumari Selja - Minister MOSJE from Senior Citizens Community.


Detailed Profile: Kumari Selja

Name Kumari Selja
Constituency from which I am elected Ambala
Father's Name Late Choudhury Dalbir Singh
Mother's Name
Date of Birth 24 Sep 1962
Birth Place Chandigarh
Maritial Status Unmarried
Date of Marriage -NA-
No. of Children No.of Sons:0   No.of Daughters:0
State Name Haryana
Party Name Indian National Congress
Permanent Address 87, Durrand Road,Ambala Cantt. HaryanaTel. (0171) 2631272
Present Address 7, Motilal Nehru Marg,New Delhi - 110 011Tels (011) 23061242, 23061928, 23384173 (O) Telefax: (011) 23018074, 23018269 (R), Fax: (011) 23061780 (O)
Email id kumari[dot]selja[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in
Educational Qualifications M.A., M.Phil. Educated at Convent of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi, Graduation and Post-graduation from Panjab University, Chandigarh
Positions Held
1990Joint Secretary, All India Mahila Congress
1991Elected to 10th Lok Sabha
Member, Executive Commitee, Congress Parliamentary Party
July 1992-Sept. 1995Union Deputy Minister, Deptt. of Education & Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Sept. 1995-May 1996 Union Minister of State,Department of Education and Culture,Ministry of Human Resource Development
1996Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Member, Executive Committee, Congress Parliamentary Party
1996-2004Secretary and Spokesperson, All India Congress Committee
2004Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
2005 Elected Member of the Governing Board of Commonwealth Local Government Forum
2007 Elected President of 21st Governing Council of UN Habitat for a two year term
2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (4th term)
31 May 2009 - 18 JanUnion Cabinet Minister, Housing and Urban Proverty Alleviation and Tourism
19 Jan 2011 onwards Union Cabinet Minister, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture
Social and Cultural Activities Worked for empowerment of Women and for upliftment of marginal and disadvantaged groups
Special InterestsContemporary economic and political issues, inclusive growth and environmental concerns in the developing world and habitat and related issues facing the urban poor
Sports and Clubs Member, (i) Army Golf Club; (ii) India Habitat Centre; and (iii) India International Centre
Favourite Pastimes and RecreationReading on socio-economic, environmental and habitat related issues, travelling to untouched destinations, listen to all genres of music
Countries Visited Widely travelled
Other Information Member, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian Steering Committee to represent India Region of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; Elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Consultative Group on Human Settlements (CCGHS)

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph 040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Fast Track Court for Senior Citizens

One set of seven documents - all dealing with the topic - Fast Track
Court for senior citizens Or special preference in cases relating to
seniors in various courts - have been upload to

They have been consolidated by Sri RK Dhanwada of Mumbai.
Thanks to his special efforts of Sri Dhanwada.

7 attachments — Download all attachments

1. Delhi High Court Order to order For Fast track those with disab.pdf 1232K
2. AP High Court Fast track Court directive.pdf 313K
4. Senior Citizen 1 Arun Jaitely.pdf 1842K
4. Senior Citizen 2 to AP Chief Justice.pdf 915K
5. Senior citizen 3 Directive.pdf 857K
6. Senior Citizen 4 of Inter Ministerial Implementation.pdf 926K
7. Senior Citizen 5 Shashi Bhushan.pdf 1974K

If you have any difficulty in locating / downloading (rather big
files!) please write to me.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lakshmi Pain and Palliative care Trust

Lakshmi Pain and Palliative care Trust

This trust has started a Palliative care centre / hospice  in Kilpauk, Chennai that has grown out of erstwhile Nursing home called Sundaravadhnam Nursing Home  which was located in Poondhamalli high Road. They provide out-patient and In-patient care; They also offer to visit patient  in his house. Taking care of Lymphoedema ( swelling of lymph glands) is their specialty.

Taking care of people suffering from intense chronic pain, not necessarily terminally ill cancer patients only  but children and others as well, is routine here. They have special permission to buy morphine in bulk, store and dispense it to patients. Their consultations including medicines is free to poor people. They offer training programs in palliative care to nurses and doctors. Creating awareness – through lectures, Radio talks, articles in news papers etc) among the public about the palliative care  services and its availability is another area where they are concentrating.  According to one survey less than 1% of terminally ill patients get any palliative care. There are only four hospices in Chennai.

The website (  has an FAQ that dispels certain myths. One popular myth, even among doctors, is that Morphine Tablets are habit forming and patients become addicted. Far from true: Morphine, in injection form, used by normal persons can become addictive, informs their website.

If you are concerned with anyone suffering from chronic pain you may refer them here or donate for this cause if you are touched / inclined.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Generic Medicine shops in Andhra Pradesh

Addresses of Generic shops (Jeevanadhara ) in AP


1.Jeevanadhara Pharmacy LIG-B-301 Railway Reservation Counter Lane Near Andhra Bank ATM Dr ASr Rao Nagar Hyderabad Ph 040-64644611 /

2. Nanda Pharmaceuticals & Health care (N Venkateswarlu)
12-13-485/3/1 new no 1396 behind IICT, Street no 14, Lane no 10, Nagarjuna nagar, Tarnaka, Secunderbad 500017.
Phone 27173393 / Mobile 8106300080

3. Osmania General Hospital – 9848296909

4. Gandhi hospital campus -  Ph number not known

5. Sanjeevani Generic Medical Shop, Gokul Enclave Opp Mayurii Footwear,
By the side of BJP office Main road, kukatpalli - 040 – 64554799

6. RTC X Roads Akunuri Medicals – 9246841384

7. Sai Shanmukha Generic Medical Stores
   8-3-167/K/1-D Shop No 2, Opp East Park, Near Syndicate Bank, Mothinagar,
   Kalyan nagar -3, Hyderabad 500018
   Phone 040-23841712 / 9885511712
8. Generic Pharmacy
   3-5-214/2 Lakshmi nagar, Picket, Secunderabad
   (near gandhian school /  VEdavathy School / Gansyham Super market)

Special arrangements at 7 & 8
If you are a regular buyer you can phone / sms your requirements to the shop, ascertain cost involved, remit the money in advance into their bank account given below; they will courier 
medicines at Rs 30 courier charges extra. 

Bank details for Picket shop: Syndicate Bank Picket Branch Current Account number

Bank Details of Motinagar Shop
Karur Vysya Bank, Kalyannagar Branch Current account: 1448115000009102

Mana Generic Pharmacy 
Opp Canara Bank ATM Near Ambedkat Statute Near Y Junction
Vijayanagar Colony Picket Secunderabad 500026
ph 8686865000
(added on 5th June 2015)



8.Jeevandhara, Govt Hospital, Ring Road, VJA,
9. Jeevandhara, Govt. Hospital at Hanumanpet, VJA.
10. Janaushadhi,Governorpet, Rajagopalachari street, next to Buckingham post office. Ph. 0866-2571048.


Jeevanadhara Branches
Phone Numbers
KGH Depot
Pedawaltair Depot
ENT Hospital
Gajuwaka (Sriharipuram)

12. You may also contact the INFOSYS sponsored NGO ITs Time to Make Difference ITMD: / 9966311692 /

This NGO specializes in spreading awareness about Generic medicines and their availability. As a matter of fact, part of the data above has been taken from ITMD site.

13. Jeevanadhara Pharmacy, Brodipet  2nd line First cross  Guntur
14  Jeevanadhara Pharmacy,2-9-269/1 Bhavani nagar Ngo colony road, warangal Ph No 9849198150


(Data updated on 19th Dec 2013)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Health ministry pushes for end to sale of branded drugs

At last, thanks to Amir Khan (and forthcoming Elections), the
government has woken up.
Real freedom from the menace of looting via branded drugs will end
ONLY when GOI insists of reasonable prices on packages / strips (MRP)
as against high margin rates currently in vogue.


Health ministry pushes for end to sale of branded drugs
Kounteya Sinha, TNN | Oct 16, 2012, 06.12AM IST
Comments (205)

Medicines in India may not be sold under brand names in the near future.

NEW DELHI: Medicines in India may not be sold under brand names in the
near future.

In its biggest move to push generic drugs and do away with brand
names, the Union health ministry has ordered states to stop issuing
licence for the manufacture or sale of drugs on the basis of their
brand name.

All pharmaceutical firms applying for licence to market or manufacture
fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs will have to submit their generic
name and not as brands with immediate effect. The move will
substantially reduce medicines' prices.

For example, Crocin will cease to exist, and it will be marketed and
sold as paracetamol.

Drug controller general of India Dr G N Singh said, "We want to
gradually move towards a future where we will not issue any brand or
trade names. We are going all out to push generic drugs solely for the
benefit of the public."

He added, "We have sent the order to all state health secretaries
asking them to instruct their drug licencing issuing authority to
issue licences only on generic names and not on branded or trade
names, which is the usual practice now. A branded drug can be 10 times
more expensive than a generic variant."

The parliamentary standing committee in its recent scathing report had
also expressed strong objection to the practice of issuing licences on
brand names.

The matter was then taken up in the Drug Consultative Committee (DCC)
meeting on July 20, 2012.

A letter written by director in the health ministry Sanjay Prasad
says, "Instances were brought to the notice of the central government
that the licencing authorities of many states have been granting
licences for manufacture of new drugs, including FDCs, in violation of
drugs and cosmetics rules."

"It was reiterated in the DCC meeting that such license for new drugs
for unapproved FDCs must not be granted by any state licencing
authorities," stated the letter to state health secretaries.

The ministry has been going all out to promote generic medicines. It
has made mandatory for all doctors in the public sector to prescribe
generic drugs and not brands. Doctors have warned that strong action
will be taken against doctors found prescribing brands.

Low public sector availability forces patients to purchase medicines
from private sector, where prices are usually higher.

A World Health Organization study recently found that generic
medicines were available only in 20%-40% of public health clinics
surveyed. In comparison, 40%-60% of private health facilities had
adequate stock of generic drugs. The sub-national surveys were carried
out in Chennai, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and West

WHO said, "More than half of public facilities lack essential medicines."

Around 78% of healthcare expenditure in India is out-of-pocket of
which 72% is spent on medicines.

National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) records show that the
highest out-of-pocket expenditure on drugs is in Himachal Pradesh
(87.95%), followed by Uttarakhand (87.75%), Bihar (84%), Rajasthan
(83%), Uttar Pradesh (81.86%) and Chhattisgarh (81.38%). In larger
states like Maharashtra 60% of out-of-pocket expenses are for buying
drugs, Karnataka (65%), Delhi (74%), Tamil Nadu (66%), Madhya Pradesh
(71%) and West Bengal (65.80%).

India is also opening Jan Aushadhi, a countrywide chain of medical
stores, to make generic and other drugs available at reasonable

However, only few stores have been opened in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi,
Haryana, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

The health ministry is also gearing up to make "Free medicine for all
through Public Health Facilities" in all government health facilities
a reality from next month.

The sharp increase in prices of drugs has been the main reason for the
rising costs of healthcare, which more than tripled between 1993-94
and 2006-07. Between 1993-94 and 2004-05, compared to a 67% rise in
real per person income and an 82% increase in per person tax
collections, real per person public health expenditure rose from Rs 84
to Rs 125. The paltry spending by states on purchasing drugs has only
compounded poor patients' problems.

Drug prices have also shot up phenomenally in India over the past
decade and a half.

India reported around 40% spurt in all drug prices between 1996 and 2006.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Back Pain - How to get cured without medicines?

Meet Mr Sarda – the Bibliotherapist

Mr Rameshwar Sarda has helped many patients suffering from back pain. He suggests a few books to be read and to strictly follow the regimen / exercises mentioned therein.  Then, cure and permanent relief are almost always possible, he claims . NO medication, NO expenses, No consultation fee!!!

Mr Sarda wanted to be a doctor or rather a physician. His mother prevented him taking up that line saying: "You will have to cut dead bodies to learn what is inside us". A mother-loving Sarda dutifully obeyed her and therefore took up engineering – He is both a mechanical as well as electrical engineer.  He worked long years in Hyderabad Asbestos, later in Orissa Asbestos, retired as GM over there. Now 72, lives a peaceful life as a passionate librarian (without any professional qualifications!) recommending health / medical books to those who suffer from many ailments. The books are selected from a stock of a personal collection of over 500 books – all on health / medicine. He has donated the entire lot to the library at the Association of Senior Citizens Hyderabad near Paradise Circle, of which he is a member himself.

For buying books, he used to visit Sunday book bazaars in Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad Annual Book Fairs to pour over rare books. He goes to the patient's house on his own expense to "lend" (some books don't come back) books. Some books have become rare and he has a good collection of photocopies of such books. Say "Rameshwar Sarda"  in book shops in Sultan Bazar, they are all smiles and  welcome you as a friend of their friend.   

He gave me a long list several people who have been relieved of back pain, sciatica, cervical pain etc: there are bankers, shop keepers, highly qualified engineers etc among his beneficiaries.  He often talks about a classic case of one Keshav Murthy  (Ph 040-27565033) who was perfectly cured after suffering from back pain for 8 years! And the funny thing is that Rameswar Sarda  does not know he is practicing Bibliotherapy. When I appraised of his noble profession, he started beaming with happiness.

Some titles which he mostly recommends are:

  1. Mike Hage:  Back Pain
  2. KV Rajendra: Treat your spinal problems without drugs
  3. Charles B Inlander and Porter Shimer: Back Ache: 51 ways to relieve the pain

  1. HIV Jayson: Looking after your Back
  2. MK Gupta: Cervical and back pain
  3. Savithri Ramaiah: Knee Joint Pain

I am deliberately not giving complete details of the books here for two reasons: 1) they are so popular you can get them in any book shop 2) they are so rare, if you are interested you will ask me or Sarda and we will know have ready this story. You may Contact Sri Sarda at: 09908474241 / 040-27843241

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Senior Citizens Movement in AP comes of Age

Senior Citizens Movement in AP comes of Age


Most of us are aware that two state level organisations – FAPSCO and APSCCON – together with Aasara of GHMC and HelpAge Hyderabad have been working for the cause of the elderly population for well over a decade. Several problems plague the older persons – finance, health, shelter, safety, isolation, abuse, neglect, loneliness etc. Both the government at the center and at the state level have  been totally insensible and apathetic towards senior citizens and their demands.


For the past three years starting from 2010, All India Senior Citizens Confederation has been mobilizing and trying to unite senior citizens all over India  by observing Senior Citizens National Protest Day on August 16th every year. Through out India rallies have been held, demands and memorandums have been submitted, several thousands of post cards of appeal / admonishment have been sent to authorities, advocacy meeting with officers,  ministers held, appraisals of the press and media continued; in short, no efforts were spared to make the government machinery sit up and listen. Results have been very marginal, nothing much to boast of or be happy about.


As far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, the situation is bleak. The government took four years to make Rules under MWPSCA (senior citizens Act). It gives only Rs 200 as Old Age Pension under IGNOAPS though Rs 400 is mandated. GOI gives Rs 500 as OAP for 85+ elders but nothing special in AP.  Inmates of Old Age Homes are worst hit – they do not even have Voter ID, ration cards, or healthcare (Aarogyasri Card). APSCCON and FAPSCO have been clamoring for bus fare concession for well over 8 years – nothing has materialized so far. Our demand lists are long and senior are tired of repeating the same pleas year after year. Ignorance and Indifference of powers that be are appalling.




The senior citizens organizations have come together to fight against the government as one united force. Just the other day, on the last day of Elders Mela in Hyderabad, AP Governor Sri Narasimhan advised Senior Citizens Organisations to come together.  Immediately, the binding force has come as God-sent in the form of MRPS leader Sri Manda Krishna Madiga. Sri Krishna has promised to take up the cudgels on our behalf very seriously.  He has already held meetings with representatives of APSCCON, FAPSCO, HelpAge etc. He has now started a Pada Yatra to visit rural population, get to know their pulse, their demands and aspirations.


Sri Krishna has tasted  success in his fighting for the cause of the disabled. He was instrumental in changing the mindset of erstwhile CM Sri Rajsekar Reddy in implementing the (now praiseworthy flagship Healthcare Insurance system) Aarogyasri.  When about 8 lakhs of senior citizens come united as a single vote bank with the support of a politically determined leader like Sri Manda Krishna, results are bound to be positive. Let us hope to see better days for elders soon in AP too.






Special meeting of APSCCON / FAPSCO on 5th October 2012 with Sri Manda Krishna Madiga

Special meeting of APSCCON / FAPSCO on 5th October 2012 with Kri Manda
Krishna Madiga

APSCCON conducted a special meeting inviting members of APSCCON FAPSCO
HelpAge etc. Nearly thirty persons participated. Prominent persons
like Sri Om Prakash, Sri Uppula Gopala Rao, Sri Parameshwar Reddy,
Prof Visweswaraiah, Sri RN Mital, Sri V Nageswara Rao Sri Rajesh and
others participated. Sri Manda Krishna Madiga of MRPS (Madiga
Reservation Porata Samithi) was the chief guest. Sri Parameshwar
Reddy welcomed all. He said Sri Krishna has come to actively support
the cause of senior citizens. Prof Visweswaraiah explained Gandhi's
famous 4 stage maxim for success – first they ignore you, then they
laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. And he said we have
now entered the third stage of fighting with the government for our
demands. It is prudent to seek the help of seasoned politicians in
this stage.

Sri Upplula Gopala Rao said that SCAs in cities do work to help senior
citizens in their own group – middle class, educated and salaried. But
we do not reach poor seniors in rural areas. If we want to do that
help of persons like Sri Krishna is needed. We should take him as an
advisor for entire senior citizens movement where Fapsco and APSCCON
work together. This was agreed to instantly by all.

Sri Mital mentioned that a working group for social welfare has
submitted its recommendations for the senior citizens welfare to the
Planning Commission for 12th Five Year Plan. If the government accepts
and implements all the recommendations therein most of our demands
will have been met. Therefore he suggested that all important letters
of appeals and demands made by State level organizations like FAPSCO
and APSCCON may be sent to Planning Commission also; If we flood them
with our problems they will sit up.

Sri Krishna said that he would like to be thought of as a dependable
and trustworthy son by every senior citizen couple in the state to
carry out their wishes. He assured that the demands framed by us will
be taken to rural poor seniors and he will raise them as a force to
reckon with by the government. He recollected his success stories with
the disabled (pension increased to Rs 500 pm). He said Disabled in AP
are only 8 Lakh persons out of which only 2 lakhs are senior citizens.
If uniting just 2 Lakh disabled persons could make the govt sit up and
listen, then if senior citizens who are about 80 lakhs are brought
together, then any govt will certainly listen. We should all leverage
our voting power, he stressed.

Sri Krishna explained in detail how he was responsible for Aarogyasri
to come about, though Sri Rajaskera Reddy was initially against it.
He said that he is going on a "Padayatra" and will be back on November
27th. On that day, if a large meeting of all senior citizens is
arranged, some way forward may be seen. He also said that most
political parties write up their manifesto based on their outlook.
Senior citizens demands must come from that community itself and this
must form the basis for any political Party's manifesto. He also said
that there should be a senior citizens representative in Lok Sabha and
Rajya Sabha as well in Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council.
The meeting ended after a number of persons felicitating Sri Krishna
with Bouquets, Shawls and garlands. October 5th 2012 appears to be a
RED LETTER DAY for seniors in AP as someone with a strong political
Will is ready to extend support.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.
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