April 23, 2009

SYMPOSIUM ON ROLE OF OLDER PERSONS IN DEMOCRACY-II

WITH SPECIAL FOCUS ON ONE-RANK-ONE-PENSION FOR RETIRED SERVICES PERSONNEL

23rd April 2009

GULMOHAR HALL, INDIA HABITAT CENTRE, LODI ROAD

Key Speakers:
  • Lt. Gen. (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Chairman, IESM,
  • Vice Admiral Subhash Chopra (Retd.)
  • Wg. Cdr Praful Bakshi (Retd.)

Agewell Foundation is about understanding needs of older persons, advocacy for their rights and sensitizing every one about Old Age.
A survey conducted by Agewell Foundation in recent past suggests that older persons have an important role in democratic process as they not only constitute largest number of actual voters but also form largest number of elected leadership of the democracy.

However, in spite of all this there are hardly any Pro-Old People policies. One example of insensitiveness towards the older people is the struggle for One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) for retired services personnel. Therefore to illustrate our survey findings we have invited views of ex-servicemen about the need for One-Rank-One-Pension through this symposium. Agewell Foundation has also recommended following suggestions to the policy makers, which are essential for the welfare of the Older Persons;


Ø Establishment of a National Institute for Aged on the lines of AIIMS for treatment and research in age related ailments.
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Setting up of separate department of geriatrics on similar lines in each of the existing/proposed AIIMS.
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Setting up of National Fund for the Aged (on the lines of National Fund for Rural Development).
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Issue of special identity cum credit cards for the Older Persons (credit could be linked to the amount deposited or pension dues.)
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Setting up of National Commission for the Aged. (on the lines of NHRC to advice various ministries/departments on Older Persons friendly programmes and policies and protect the interest of the aged)
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Prime Minister’s Self-Employment Scheme for the aged
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Setting up of a National Institute for Promotion of Entrepreneurship amongst the Aged.
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Setting up of Foundation for revitalization of traditions and oral knowledge.
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Enactment of Older Persons’ Justice Act.
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A scheme for establishing Aged women’s Hostel on the lines of working women Hostels in each district.
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Arrangement for Temporary shelters for the aged in each district.


Come, let’s join hands to empower older persons!












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