Men and women who have made distinguished contributions to society after retirement were recognized at the Senior Citizens’ Day celebration held on Monday at Tagore Theatre.
Men and women who have made distinguished contributions to society after retirement were recognized at the Senior Citizens’ Day celebration held on Monday at Tagore Theatre. UT Administrator Shivraj Patil presented mementos. Addressing the gathering, Patil said that elders are the custodians of wisdom, tradition, culture of heritage and because of their rich experience older persons they are wise guides for the family, the society and the government.
Patil himself will be 78 years old on this coming October 12. Patil described ensuring the well being of senior citizens as a moral duty. He praised the work of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association and promised a grant to further its activities. Thanking the Administrator, Senior Citizens Association president Daljit Singh Grewal said that the grant would not come a minute too soon because for the past several years, the Association has received no government assistance.
In demographic terms, the percentage of India’s population of persons above the age of 60 wills incrase to 21 per cent by 2050. The Senior Citizens Association says that Rs 30 thousand crore are lying unclaimed in accounts of senior citizen. The Association argues that this amount should be consolidated and held as a corpus fund. The income generated from this amount could be used for the welfare of the elderly. The corpus would remain intact.
The Senior Citizens Association has been active in Chandigarh for many years. Its members enjoy a get- together every fortnight and the association runs centres for physiotherapy, acupressure, yoga and computer training. These centres provide free services to all senior citizens whether they are Association members or not.
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