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Agewell congratulates FM for Senior Citizens-friendly budget

So far as Senior Citizens are concerned, it is a welcome budget”,saysMr. Himanshu Rath of Agewell Foundation.
On behalf of millions of older persons of India, Himanshu Rath of Agewell Foundation (an NGO working for the welfare of older persons across the country) has expressed gratitude towards Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee for keeping in mind concerns of older persons.
It’s a welcome change. At last the government has taken a note of precarious condition of older people. After a long-awaited demand, older persons in the age-group of 60-65 years will also be treated as Senior Citizens by Income tax departments.  With revised budget provisions, now they are eligible for tax benefits and reliefs allowed to senior citizens. Earlier income tax-exemption limits for senior citizens were allowed to only older persons who were above 65 years.
This budget has increased income tax slab for senior citizens upto 2.5 lakh. With provision of tax exemption upto Rs. 5 lac for senior citizens ab…

Media Reports - Agewell gets Special Consultative Status with UN body

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ECOSOC, United Nations awarded ‘Special Consultative Status’ to Agewell

First Indian NGO in old age sector to receive the Special Consultative Status at UN
The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) awarded ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the Agewell Foundation, an acknowledgement of its exceptional social work across India. ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. It made the announcement of the award during the regular session of its Committee on Non-governmental Organizations on 9th February, 2011 at UN Headquarters, New York. Agewell Foundation has thus become the first Non-governmental organization from Old Age Sector in India to receive the status with the ECOSOC.
Needless to say, Agewell Foundation can participate in deliberations of the Council of ECOSOC and play a significant role in welfare and empowerment of older persons across the world with the support and assistance from global organizations, especially international organizations and subsidiaries controlled by United Nations.
The council recognize…