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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Program schedule : “Celebrating Age”! India Expo 2012 on 13th & 14th October 2012 at Expotel Hotel

Welcome to "Celebrating Age"! India Expo 2012

Active Ageing Retirement Expo series 

on 13th & 14th October 2012at Expotel Hotel Hyderabad Trade Expo Centre Pvt. Ltd,

Lower Tank Bund Road, Hyderabad Time: 11.00am-7.00pm.  Entry Free


The spotlight is on the other end of the age spectrum: 

India's senior citizens and those approaching this milestone..























12.30PM -01.30PM












































Monday, October 8, 2012

Tips for Gmail users - multiple email IDs

Dear Gmail users among my friends:

Do you know that you are having many hidden email addresses
automatically enabled for you? I will just explain three of them.

Supposing my email address is

1. I can use and give it to my
girl friend Brinda. You can distribute different email ids to
different girl friends.

2.I can use and give it to my friend who
always wants to split my name despite saying it is a single word!

3. I can also give as my emailId to some
special friends like you!

ALL messages from all the above IDs will arrive my Inbox for I can filter them selectively to do whatever I
like - "delete without reading" to "preserve for eternity under Label:

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

Manda Krishna of MRPS comes to the rescue of Senior Citizens

I thank Sri B Ramesh for alerting me on this piece of news.


MRPS leader bats for senior citizens

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Manda Krishna plans 50-day yatra seeking hike in pensions
Manda Krishna
Manda Krishna
Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi president, Manda Krishna, who earlier spearheaded the cause of disadvantaged sections of society, including children with congenital heart diseases, has now turned his focus on problems faced by senior citizens and widows.
He will launch a 50 day-long 'Yuddhabheri Yatra', starting from Nellore on Sunday, covering all districts before ending it over a four-day period in Hyderabad from November 22. His primary demand is a hike in pensions from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000 per month, considering the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and living costs.
Official statistics indicate that Old Age Pensions and Widow Pensions are currently disbursed to 37,84,862 and 20,277,90 persons, respectively, in Andhra Pradesh. "Among other things, my focus is on telling people how grossly inadequate this pension of Rs. 200 a month is, for these disadvantaged sections is," he said, adding that financial woes apart, there were several other social problems plaguing them.
At a press conference here on Saturday, he regretted that successive Congress governments headed by the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, K. Rosaiah and now Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had ignored promises made in the party's election manifesto. Agreeing to a Rs. 200 monthly pension for senior citizens and widows, the Centre had asked State governments to match it and even go higher if they could, he recalled, regretting that in Andhra Pradesh, though, only Rs. 200 was being paid.
Starting from Nellore on October 7, Mr. Krishna would cover Chittoor on October 8 & 9, Anantapur (10 & 11), Kadapa (12 & 13) and Kurnool (14 & 15), traversing Prakasam on October 16 & 17. His planned route will take him to Guntur, Krishna, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam Urban and Rural, East and West Godavari, Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy before entering Hyderabad on November 22.

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UP Govt plans Old Age Homes in every district

Our SEnior Citizens Protest Activity of AISCCON is paying off.
LUCKNOW: An old age home will be constructed in all the districts of
the state. An announcement to this effect was made by Avdhesh Prasad,
social welfare minister UP during a television programme held on
Saturday. He informed that Rs 30 crores have been sanctioned by the
Centre in this regard.

In another development, he said that the financial aid given to
scheduled caste and scheduled tribe families for getting their
daughters married and achieving higher education would also be
increased. The minister informed that the process of fund transfer
would be made electronic and the money would be transferred to the
account of the beneficiary. The step has been taken to check
corruption. Reiterating his party's commitment to ensure that every
person in need gets his due, he said the SP government is functioning
in the way a welfare state should do.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Vayoshrestha Award for AISCCON - photo

Sane advice to 50+

Read this in another group. Read it again. Again. You must also read,
that is my wish -- Vyasamoorthy

Very profound... ... ...

(Translated from the original in Chinese).
Author unknown

Because none of us have many years to live, and we can't take along
anything when we go, so we don't have to be too thrifty...

Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed,
donate what you are able to donate, but don't leave all to your
children or grandchildren, for you don't want them to become parasites
who are waiting for the day you will die!!

Don't worry about what will happen after we are gone, because when we
return to dust, we will feel nothing about praises or criticisms. The
time to enjoy the worldly life and your hard earned wealth will be

Don't worry too much about your children, for children will have their
own destiny and should find their own way. Don't be your children's
Care for them, love them, give them gifts but also enjoy your money
while you can. Life should have more to it than working from the
cradle to the grave!!

Don't expect too much from your children. Caring children, though
caring, would be too busy with their jobs and commitments to render
much help.

Uncaring children may fight over your assets even when you are still
alive, and wish for your early demise so they can inherit your
properties and wealth.

Your children take for granted that they are rightful heirs to your
wealth; but that you have no claims to their money.

50-year old like you, don't trade in your health for wealth by working
yourself to an early grave anymore... Because your money may not be
able to buy your health...

When to stop making money, and how much is enough (hundred thousands,
million, ten million)?

Out of thousand hectares of good farm land, you can consume only three
quarts (of rice) daily; out of a thousand mansions, you only need
eight square meters of space to rest at night.

So, as long as you have enough food and enough money to spend, that is
good enough. You should live happily. Every family has its own
Just do not compare with others for fame and social status and see
whose children are doing better, etc., but challenge others for
happiness, health, enjoyment, quality of life and longevity...

Don't worry about things that you can't change because it doesn't help
and it may spoil your health.

You have to create your own well-being and find your own place of happiness.
As long as you are in good mood and good health, think about happy
things, do happy things daily and have fun in doing, then you will
pass your time happily every day.

One day passes without happiness, you will lose one day.
One day passes with happiness, and then you gain one day.

In good spirit, sickness will cure; in a happy spirit, sickness will
cure faster; in high and happy spirits; sickness will never come.

With good mood, suitable amount of exercise, always in the sun,
variety of foods, reasonable amount of vitamin and mineral intake,
hopefully you will live another 20 or 30 years of healthy life of

Above all, learn to cherish the goodness around... and FRIENDS... They
all make you feel young and "wanted"... without them you are surely to
feel lost!!

Wishing you all the best.

Please share this with all your friends who are 50 plus and those who
will be 50 plus after some time.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Health ministry pushes for generic medicines

Health ministry pushes for generic medicines
New Delhi,Health/Medicine, Mon, 01 Oct 2012IANS

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) In a bid to reduce healthcare costs, the union
health ministry plans to bring in a legislation to make it mandatory
for doctors to prescribe generic medicines.
Sources from the ministry say a bill is already being drafted to push
low-cost medicine, along with an ambitious plan to provide free
medicine to all.
"The out-of-pocket expense on healthcare is too high. Generic medicine
will ensure that it is affordable," an official from the ministry
"A bill is being drafted, it will make sure that a list of generic
medicines and combination drugs are available in all districts, and it
is prescribed by doctors," the official said.
The official said that the bill would ensure that both generic and
branded medicines are available on sale side by side.
"The aim is not to bring an end to branded medicine. They shall exist
side by side. Out-of-pocket expenditure for healthcare is 78 percent
of total expenditure on healthcare. Generic medicine would reduce the
burden on the common man," he said.
The official, however, cautioned that there would be need for strict
monitoring and stringent quality control.
An ambitious programme for providing free generic medicines to the
economically weaker sections has already been finallised, and is
likely to be implemented by the year end.
As per data available with the ministry, the government currently
spends only 0.1 percent of GDP on purchase and supply of medicine
through public health centres.
Though India is one of the world's largest exporters of generic drugs,
its domestic market for generic drugs is small. India exports to over
200 countries, including the highly regulated markets of the US,
Europe, Japan and Australia.
Common medicines like paracetamol cost Rs.10 a strip when branded,
while the generic variety costs around Rs.2.45 per strip.
At present, the government has a list of nearly 350 medicines for
which generic varieties will be made available.


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Monday, October 1, 2012

Vayosherestha Samman 2012

Vayoshrestha Samman, 2012

Shri Mukul Wasnik, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment and Shri
Sushil Kumar Shinde, Minister for Home Minister conferred
"Vayoshrestha Samman 2012 – National Awards for Senior Citizens at
Vigyan Bhavan today.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Mukul Wasnik said, "On
14thDecember 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1st
October as International Day of Older Persons. This day is a very
special day for our Ministry as Senior citizens are one of the most
important part of our community. We take great pleasure in organizing
this function, to honour eminent senior citizens and institutions
working for the cause of the elderly. This year, keeping in view the
increasing safety and security problems that are being faced by our
senior citizens, our ministry identified "Security for Senior
Citizens" as the theme for International Day of Older Persons, 2012,
which include physical, financial ,emotional and other securities. And
we are fortunate to have the Hon'ble Union Home Minister with us today
who would enlighten us about the various measures being taken and
proposed to be taken for the safety and security of the senior

Vayoshreshtha Samman is a humble recognition of the relentless
strivings and inspiring achievements of our eminent senior citizens
and Institutions who are working for the cause of elderly. It is
indeed a moment of great pride for me as we have assembled here today
to honour some of the exemplary senior citizens and institutions of
our country who have re-defined the meaning of self-realization.

As you may be knowing, a demographic revolution is underway throughout
the world. Today, world-wide, there are around 600 million persons
aged 60 years and over; this total will double by 2025. In our fast
ageing world, older people will increasingly play a critical role -
through transmitting experience and knowledge, volunteer work, helping
their families with caring responsibilities and increasing their
participation in the work force. Such contributions to development can
only be ensured if senior citizens enjoy security and adequate levels
of health and we all need to equip ourselves to meet these demanding

Our Ministry has put in place the National Policy on Older Persons
(NPOP) with a view to address the various issues relating to ageing in
a comprehensive manner. I would like to share with you that keeping in
view of the changing demographic pattern and socio-economic changes,
our Ministry is in advance stage of formulating a new National Policy,
which is expected to address the concerns of the elderly, with a view
to helping them live a productive and dignified life.

Our Ministry is implementing a grant-in-aid Scheme of Integrated
Programme for Older Persons (IPOP). Under the scheme financial
assistance is provided to voluntary organizations for running and
maintenance of various projects such as old age homes, day care
centres, physiotherapy clinics, regional resource and training
centres, etc. Keeping in view the rising cost of living, our Ministry
is considering the revision of cost norms of these various projects.

To develop a frontline cadre of caregivers to ensure quality care at
home for the elderly, National Institute of Social Defence, an
autonomous body under our Ministry has been conducting a number of
training courses on Geriatric Care. To address the healthcare problems
of the senior citizens, the Government has introduced the National
Programme for Health Care for Elderly (NPHCE) starting from the year
2010-11 with a basic aim to provide separate and specialized
comprehensive health care to the senior citizens. Besides, the
Government has introduced various facilities and concessions for the
senior citizens such as old age pension, income tax rebate, concession
in rail and air fare, higher interest rates in deposits, etc.

On legislation front, enactment of The Maintenance and Welfare of
Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 is a major milestone in this
direction. However, it is very unfortunate that the implementation of
the Act across the country has been unsatisfactory. We therefore, need
to join hands together to ensure that this important piece of
legislation is implemented in the right spirit.

But much more than this, what our senior citizens require is a sense
of belongingness, sense of being part of the family and a little
warmth. We must remember the wrinkles on their faces are because of
the hard work they have done so that we, the next generation is able
to live a better life. It is now our responsibility to help them lead
a meaningful and healthy life. These inter-generational bondings are
the need of the hour.

On this day, on behalf of the Government, we reaffirm our commitment
to make India safe for senior citizens. I would also request you all
to help those elderly who are less fortunate and do not have family or
adequate resources by extending the support of caring communities.

I once again congratulate all the Vayoshreshtha Samman 2012 awardees
and I wish you would keep inspiring us for many more years to come. I
also take this opportunity to congratulate NISD, officers of the
Ministry, NGOs and all of you who have come together to make this
programme a memorable one.

Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, Minister for Home Affairs congratulated the
awardees and said the Ministry of Home Affairs issued advisory to
State Governments to ensure the life and property of senior citizens
is fully protected. The advisory includes - direction to Police
departments to pay special attention to security to the life and
property of older persons and keeping a friendly vigil; identification
of pockets inhibited by older persons; persons visit to the homes of
the older persons; setting up of helpline for the welfare of older
persons etc.

The Vayosreshtha Samman is given by the Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment each year to recognize the exemplary contribution of
senior citizens in various fields and outstanding institutions working
for the welfare of the elderly. Vayosreshtha Samman 2012 Awards were
conferred by Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde and Shri Mukul Wasnik to the

Institution Award for Knowledge: All India Senior Citizens
Confederation, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Institution Award for Services: Yanam old Age Home, Pudducherry; All
Manipur Senior Citizens Welfare Association Imphal (Manipur)

Best Panchayat Award: Pulamanthol Gram Panchayat, Mallapuram, Kerala

Individual Awards

Centenarian Award: Dr. Shanti Giridhar Lal, Mumbai

Best Mother Award: Smt. Shefali Chaudhary, Kolkata (Posthumously)

Life Time Achievement Award: Shri M. M. Sabharwal, New Delhi

Creative Art Award: Shri Agni Kumar Acharjee, Agartala, Tripura

Sportsman Award: Smt. Prakash Tomar, Bagpat, U.P.; Smt. Chandro Tomar,
Bagpat, U.P.

A series of posters and a book titled " Age Care India – National
Initiative on care for elderly" were released on the occasion.

Shri Anil Goswami, Secretary, SJE, Shri Anoop Kumar Srivastava,
Additional Secretary, SJE, Shri T. R. Meena, Joint Secretary,SJE, and
Officials from the Ministry and National Institute of Social Defence,
Representatives of senior citizens associations were present on the


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Elders Mela 2012 Program