From: anand mehta <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, May 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Subject: Senior Citizens Panchayat, MP
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Dear Shri Mittal,
On the lines of Human Rights and Women Welfare Commission the Chief
Minister of Madhya Pradesh Mr.Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the
government decision to constitute a commission for senior citizens
also 0n 13 April during the senior citizens Panchayat. It is
pertinent to note that an announcement was made during the Hational
Convention of Senior Citizens held in Bhopal in 2006 by the then
Minister of Social Welfare in the presence of Shri Babulal Gaur. It is
hoped that this time some time bound steps would be taken to form the
commission that is badly needed for the welfare of Senior Citizens. Of
course the CM added one more pet yojna to provide free Teertha Yatra
to them to one designated teerth.
The Central Government have already enacted many laws to protect the
life and property of elders. The reverse mortgaging of house to get
monthly pension also is available through many banks, although figures
are not readily available to indicate how far this facility is being
used. The population of senior citizens would be 15% of the total by
2025 and it is high time that concrete steps are taken to safeguard
their interests as also to gainfully employ them for social good. MP
has one of the lowest pension for destitute senior citizens. Apart
from increasing the amount on par with other states, there is an
urgent need to eliminate he difficulties faced by thousands of the
needy to get pension in time and through minimal effort. Almost half
are not even aware of these facilities.
The government of MP has also constituted a Council to oversee the
implementation of the law to protect Senior Citizens and provide for
their maintenance. Shri S K Saraswat, our President (as also of MP
senior Citizens Federation) and Shri K K Bhatt, Secretary of the MP
Federation are members along with other reps and govt officials.
Minister of Social Welfare is the Chairman.
Gp Capt A B Mehta(Retd),
Senior Citizens Forum, Bhopal.
(Please also see our website : bhopalseniors.org)
( You may kindly link it from your website www.aiscon.org)