POST 14 APRIL 2017
The Telangana government has constituted a council to look after the needs of the old and senior citizens. The council is headed by state cabinet minister for women, child and disabled Mr. Tummala Nageswara Rao, in the ex-officio capacity.
The council will have secretaries of women, children and disabled welfare department, information and public relations department, panchayat raj, finance and medical, health and family welfare department as its ex-officio members. The state government will nominate seven more members under special category.
The commissioner for women, child and disabled welfare department will act as the member secretary of the committee. The term of the committee will be for a period of one year. It will meet once in six months and review the programs being implemented for the welfare of the senior citizens and elderly people.
The council was constituted for implementation of national policy on older persons. The state government has invoked Rule 22 of 'AP Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rules'. These rules were framed after Government of India had enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act in the year-2007 for the maintenance and welfare of parents and Senior citizens. Following this, the state government had notified the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rules in the year 2011 under the same Act.
The state government had issued a notification for adoption of the same to Telangana State to implement the act in the newly formed state. The Director of the Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens had submitted a revised proposal for constitution of State Council of Senior Citizens in Telangana State for effective implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
Dr. K. Chandrasekhar, the Director of Division of Neuropsychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist of Asha Hospital in Banjara Hills of Hyderabad, Mohd. Raza Mohammed, the Acting State Head of Helpage India (Telangana State), Mr. K. Naga Chandrika Devi, from the Kinnera Welfare Society have been nominated to the committee under the Specialists/Activists Category by the state government. Mr. M. Prabhakar from Karunaradham Charitable Trust, Mr. Vuchidi Mohan Reddy, the Co-Chairman of Telangana State Senior Citizen's Federation, Mr. Vuppula Gopal Rao, the Vice President of Federation of Senior Citizens Organizations (FESCO), Mr. Peddi Sudhakar, President of Telangana Federation of Senior Citizen's Organization (TFESCO) have been nominated to the committee as members under eminent Senior Citizens Category Specialists/Activists Category.