Sunday, October 6, 2013

AOSC-H: Sorrowful September and Joyful October

AOSC-H:  Sorrowful September and Joyful October
By Dr P Vyasamoorthy – President, Association of Senior Citizens of Hyderabad

Prof Visweswaraiah, Mr Mital, Mr Narayanmurti and myself went to Mumbai to participate in AISCCON AGM cum Elections on 29th September. All the four of us were also candidates for various posts in the Executive Committee. Mr Mital was seeking to be re-elected as President, Prof Visweswaraiah as Vice President, myself as Secretary General and Mr Narayanmurti as Organising Secretary. Opposing parties expected a neck to neck race thinking that a few votes this side or that side would decide the fate of contestants. But the Maharastrian team won by a thumping majority much to everyone’s surprise or shock depending on from which side you are looking. All four of us from Andhra Pradesh lost the elections and that was a sad and shocking outcome. (I was also elected unopposed as Joint Secretary and I still retain that seat). AP has been routed completely. Needless to say, we returned home highly disappointed. Last week of Last month was traumatic.

However, October turned out to be pleasant and happy. Early morning on 1st October Deccan Chronicle delivered more than a full page article on World Elders Day. A separate story by Journalist Amrita Paul spoke of AOSC and SCF with good photos. (Article reproduced below) On the same day, the State Government function connected with World Elders Day was held. Association of Senior Citizens of Hyderabad, where I am presently President, was awarded Best Institution (SCA) Award in AP. Again, on the same day I was honoured and felicitated by HelpAge in their meeting held in Necklace Road. That was the reason I could not attend the State level event. The award certificate was received by Prof Laxminarayana, Secretary of the Association.

That afternoon, AASARA conducted a meeting on WED. Senior Citizens Forum (where I am Vice President and Ms Kamakshi is the President), entertained the audience. This feature was appreciated by Eenadu through in full page coverage. Again, the Dept of Disabled and Senior Citizens, RR District conducted a similar meeting in Kukatpally on 3rd. AOSC-H members Sri KV Subba Rao,  Sri B Linga Reddy (TSCCON President), Sri Radhakrishna, Dr Rami Reddy Working President Mata Pitrula Seva Sadanam (where Prov V is President) were honoured. In a fourth meeting on WED held at Tarnaka by Hyderabad District Dept of Disabled and Senior Citizens, a similar bunch of AOSC-H members  -- Sri  IVLN Chary, Sri IM Bhalla, Sri RN Mital were honoured and awards given.

Therefore the shocking sadness of September happenings was compensated by refreshing raining of awards and felicitations for many in AOSC-H.

Story from Deccan Chronicle dated 1st October 2013.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Elders Day - RR District Hyderabad - Kukatpally - 3rd October 2013

World Elders Day – 3rd October 2013 – State Govt function – RR District – Kukatpally

World Elders Day was observed by AP State Government – RR District – in Kukatpally on 3rd October 2013. Sri Gopala Rao Prof Visweswaraiah, Sri RN Mital, Sri Muralikrishna Chief Manager SBI were prominent in the dais.  District Collector B Sridhar IAS did not come. Dy Commissioner GHMC Kukatpally substituted the Collector.

Besides speeches by those on the dais and recipients (about 12) of awards and honours, there was some entertainment by our Sri Rajalingam.  People known to us among awardees are:

Sri KV Subba Rao  AOSC Member
Sri B Linga Reddy AOSC Member and  TSCCON President
DR B Nageshwara Rao (of AS Rao Nagar SCA)
Sri Radhakrishna AOSC Member
Dr Rami Reddy Working President Mata Pitrula Seva Sadanam

Mr Muralikrishna of SBI mentioned that they are willing to help Senior Citizens Related activities via sponsorships like ING LIFE. One super senior Ms Kameswari of Ashreya Old Age Home Miyapur appealed for donations.

World Elders Day - Hyderabad - HelpAge - 1st October 2013

Note of World Elders Day Celebration by HelpAge  - 1st October 2013
By  Dr Vyasamoorthy

In connection with World Elders Day, HelpAge Hyderabad organized a function in Necklace Road on 1st October 2013.  Nearly 200 senior citizens from rural areas participated. Sri Devulapalli Amar (Head of Sakshi TV Channel), Dr NK Raju ED of BDL Hyderabad, Sri E Siva Sankaran GMR Groups were Chief Guests. Others are: Sri V Nageswara Rao (APSCCON), Sri V Gopala Rao  (Fapsco), Sri P Srinivasulu and Dr P Vyasamoorthy. It is worthwhile noting that HelpAge has completed 35 years of dedicated service to senior citizens, especially the poor and downtrodden in rural areas.

Besides talks by these eminent people, there was: Prize distribution to winners in sports, Best NGO , Best of SHGs etc. There was a walkathon consisting of hundreds of rural women flagged off by Chief Guest. Sri Ngeswara Rao (and I) presented, on behalf of an NGO, a cheque for 22,000 to HelpAge. 

I was honoured with a shawl, memento and a bouquet.

World Elders Day - Hyderabad District Function - Tarnaka 4th October 2013

REPORT ON World Elders day Celebrations on 4th October 2013
Report by IVLN Chary
International day of Older Persons was celebrated by Hyderabad dist of Government of Andhra Pradesh, Department of the welfare of disabled & senior citizens from 10 AM on 4th October 2013  at Vijayapuri Colony Welfare Association, Tarnaka, Hyderabad. This was from Hyderabad District exclusively.

The chief guest of the function was Smt Rekharani, Addl. Joint collector, Hyderabad Dist. The proceeding were conducted by Prof. Visveswaraiah. The other dignitaries on the dais were: Sri Mital AISCCON, Sri L Kishan, RDO Secunderabad, Sri S. Das, Director State Head Help Age India, Hyderabad,  Sri B Linga reddy TCSCCON,  Smt Radha Ramaiah  Secretary Mahila Dakshata Samithi, Smt Manjula Kalyan, Secretary Swayam krushi an NGO for special children.

Smt Rekharani in her address mentioned her own life as an illustration. Married to an IPS officer at the age of 22, losing him at 23 as he was killed by naxals in Karimnagar dist and returning to her parents who were government officials who took her in, gave her hope, educated her till she was selected as an RDO in AP Govt. She said, her son calls her parents as nanna and amma and her as akka. The boy won many gold medals and now at 23 is in USA. All this was only possible due to her parents guiding her and her son’s life. She is loath to use the term Senior citizens and preferred  the term “Super seniors “  She paid  a compliment to the seniors by comparing them to Hanuman  who did not realize his own strength till reminded. Seniors who have seen most of the ups and downs of life are an asset to the community and have to be treated as such.

Then she honoured the following seniors with a shawl and a memento. These seniors are from different walks of life and contributed to the welfare of other seniors.

                Sri IVLN Chary
Senior Citizens Forum, Secunderabad
                Sri IM Bhalla
Association of senior citizens, Hyderabad
                Smt Radha Ramaiah
Integrated program for older persons
                Smt Manjula Kalyan
Self reliance for mentally challenged
                Sri DS Sastry
Senior Citizens Forum, Tarnaka.
                Sri NV Raman
Senior Citizens Forum, Gandhi nagar
                Smt NM Rajeshwari
Thodu Needa, Institutional award
                Dr. P Ragavaraddy
                Sri RN Mital
                Sri D Prabhakar rao

This was followed by speeches of dignitaries and recipients of honours.

The function is very well organized thanks to untiring efforts of Sri B Linga Reddy, President of Twin Cities Senior Citizens Confederation, Sri D Sudarshan Asst Director, Welfare of Disabled & Sr. Citizens, Hyderabad dist, Govt of AP  and Help Age India.

About 150 seniors attended the meeting. Meeting ended with lunch served for all. Description: