Bhubaneswar, 01/10 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )-: International Day of Older Persons was observed by Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability in collaboration with HelpAge India for the first time in Odisha.
Inaugurating the programme, Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability Minister Usha Devi threw light on different measures taken by the State Government for welfare of senior citizens. She highlighted that there are 43 old age homes functioning in the State, out of which 40 are funded by Central Government and 3 by the State Government. The Minister while listening to the demands raised by the senior citizens during the interaction meeting, assured that the department will prioritise some doable things first and also look into the other issues.
Speaking on the occasion, Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons Secretary Saswat Mishra reiterated Government’s commitment to the rights and entitlements of senior citizens in Odisha. He laid emphasis on spreading massive awareness to end violence against the senior citizens.
During the interaction meeting with senior citizens, the demands which were raised include enhancement of old age pension from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000 and implementation of State Policy for Senior Citizens. More than 100 senior citizens from different senior citizens associations of the State attended the meeting.
Among others, Director for Welfare of Persons with Disabilities Bibhuti Bhusan Patnaik, State President of Age Care Associates Sahadev Sahoo, former Director General of Police Gobinda Chandra Senapati, HelpAge India State Head Bharti Chakra and Federation of Senior Citizens’ Associations of Odisha President Krupasindhu Sahoo also spoke on the occasion.