September 30, 2011

Agewell Foundation’s appeal to the PM & NAC

“Initiate older persons-friendly projects to address growing needs of older persons”
    On the occasion of International Day for Older Persons (1st Oct. 2011), Agewell Foundation*, an NGO working for the welfare and empowerment of older persons across India, on behalf of over 100 million older persons of the country has appealed to the Prime Minister of India and Chairperson, National Advisory Committee to initiate and implement some unique projects in the country. These recommendations are based upon several surveys & research studies conducted by Agewell Foundation from time to time over the years.
In its representations sent to the PM and Chairperson, NAC, Agewell Foundation has requested to do the following to address the growing needs of ever increasing older persons of India
·         Establishment of a National Institute for Aged on the lines of AIIMS for treatment and research in age related ailments.
·         Setting up of National Fund for the Aged (on the lines of National Fund for Rural Development).
·         Issue of Special identity-cum-credit cards for the Older Persons (credit could be linked to the amount deposited or pension dues.)
·         Setting up of National Commission for the Aged. (on the lines of NHRC to advice various ministries/departments on Older Persons friendly policies and protect the interests of the aged)
·         Prime Minister’s Self-Employment Scheme for the aged.
·         Setting up of a National Institute for Promotion of Entrepreneurship amongst the Aged.
·         Setting up of Foundation for revitalization of traditions and oral knowledge.
·         Enactment of Older Persons’ Justice Act.
·         A scheme for establishing Aged Women’s Hostel on the lines of working women Hostels in each district.
·         Arrangement for Temporary shelters for the aged in each district.
Simultaneously, Agewell Foundation appeals to NGOs, Individuals and concerned stakeholders involved in welfare activities for older persons to join Agewell Foundation’s first-ever consortium of NGOs & Stakeholders across SAARC countries, which has been set up to advocate for the needs & rights of 160 million older persons from this region, in the international arena.

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*In Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations

September 17, 2011

Include Old Age Pension under Time-bound Services

Agewell Foundation appeals to the CM and Delhi Govt.

Agewell Foundation appeals to the Chief Minister and Government of NCT of Delhi to cover process of Old Age Pension in the list of time-bound services currently covered under E-SLA Project, launched by the Government under The Delhi (Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services) Act, 2011 recently.

It is to be noted that, in Delhi there are thousands of destitute and poor older persons, who are eligible for old age pension and other social assistance services, but due to non-availability of specific instructions to concerned authorities and non-cooperation from government departments they could not avail benefit of the scheme. Many older persons could not even apply for old age pension because of lack of awareness & lengthy follow up process. Many older persons who have finally succeeded in filing their applications have no idea about the status of their applications for old age pension. Agewell Helpline for older persons receives daily 10-15 such requests/complaints regarding old age pension.

  • Estimated Population of older persons in Delhi - 1509685
  • 9.01% of total population of Delhi
  • Older Women population in Delhi -793490
  • % of older women in elderly population -52.56%
  • Older men population in Delhi -716195 
  • % of older women in elderly population - 47.44%
  • Number of working elderly in Delhi - 338169
  • % of working older persons - 22.4 %

In view of ever increasing cost of living and particularly high cost of medication, older persons in large number need social and governmental support to meet their expenses. Needless to say it is the older persons, who find it most difficult to follow up with various governmental departments for their respective applications/complaints lying with governmental offices. It is a well-known fact that population of older persons is increasing vary fast in comparison to younger generations, especially in urbanized areas like Delhi. Hence, there is an urgent need to give special attention to this section of society “senior citizens” & destitute and needy older persons should be given priority in every social development schemes.

While welcoming the initiative of Government of Delhi under E-SLA Project, on behalf of over 1.5 million older persons of Delhi, Agewell Foundation appeals to Government of Delhi to include process of Old Age Pension under the project. This would help needy older persons and their family members in getting financial assistance.

September 16, 2011

Views of Older Persons

Isolation: The worst enemy of old age

“At the age of 75, when I need family support, I am forced to live alone. My sons are settled in towns but they have no place for their parent.”
- Ashok Kumar Bhadoria (75 years), Jhansi, UP

“Neighbors and relatives often visit me, but I hardly could share my loneliness with them.”
- Bimla Devi, a 80 year-old-widow, Gaya, Bihar

“In a big family of 7 members, there is no one to whom I can share few moments. They are busy with their businesses and I am busy with my loneliness.”
- Mohd. Hanif Khan, a 69-year-old person from Mumbai

“After demise of my wife, my life is filled with sound of silence and color of darkness”
-                     Abinash Biswas, 74-year-old person from Burdwan, West Bengal

“I had worked hard for the welfare of my children, but now they have no time for me, instead they treat me as a burden on their family.”
-                     Rukmani P Iyer, 85-year-old widow from Chennai

“ I am quite happy with my isolation. I can live with my own state of affairs not on conditions set by others for me”
- Pran Kapoor, 69-year-old person, New Delhi 

September 14, 2011

Views of Older Persons

Older Persons: Often ignored by Political class

“Politicians have no sensitivity towards older persons. Even when they themselves become old, they don’t want to extend a helping hand towards other older persons, because they do not consider them as important voters.”
-Vibhuti Narayan Pandey, 87, Rohtas, Bihar

“Although older people regularly vote and their numbers are also very high but they are not considered a vote bank because they are not looked at as a group.”
-         Mohd. Irfan Khan, 61, Retired University Professor, Aligarh, UP

“Who has ever heard any politician ever talking about old people in the parliament?”
-         Dr. Sushila Patnaik, 66, Rourkela, Orissa

“If my children have no job or sufficient income, do you think we will let our grandchildren suffer because we need maintenance?”
-         Suman Kaushik, 70, Udaipur, Rajasthan

“Which Indian would ever force his daughter or son-in-law to provide for him?” we won’t even have a drop of water in our married daughter’s house, how can we force them to provide for us?” what kind of law is this & for whom?
-         Uday Shankar Manik Rao Kane, 64, Pune, Maharashtra

Source : Agewell Research & Advocacy Centre