July 06, 2016
The elderly of the world today are in need of love, kindness, safety, and comfort. But sadly, joint families have become the relics of past. In this nuclear age, aged people are becoming more and more isolated and youngsters have less and less patience needed to handle their needs.
Among the distress, Akhilesh Yadav government has come up with a ray of hope! The government has planned initiatives to safeguard the interests of old people and has announced various schemes for senior citizens of the state.
Senior Citizen Welfare Fund
The key measures include setting up a Fund by the name of the ‘Senior Citizen Welfare Fund’ to which the state government has contributed Rs. 5 crores as initial contribution. This fund will seek donations from private companies, trusts, religious bodies and private individuals and all the contributions will be tax-free.
Old Age Homes
As part of the elderly initiatives, the government will also set up elderly homes in which at least 25% seats are reserved for BPL families, entertainment centres, multi-purpose centres, day-care centres, and short-stay centres in local bodies. The government will also give grants to NGOs working in the area of elderly welfare and help set up old age homes across the state as a part of the state’s Parents and Senior Citizens Maintenance Guidelines, 2014.
Senior Citizen Helpline
The government measures for senior citizens also include setting up a dedicated Senior Citizen Helpline and increase in state’s contribution to elderly pension from Rs 100 per month to Rs 400 per month, creating infrastructure to secure the lives and properties of the senior citizens.
Other measures include – special adult literacy classes, free legal assistance for elders especially the women among them.
Celebration of ‘Grand Parents Day’ in School
Schools and Colleges would be asked to celebrate ‘Grand Parents Day’ on regular basis, and any offence against senior citizen, like throwing them out of their houses by children would be punishable for up to three years of jail with a fine of Rs. 10, 000.
Free of Cost Heamo Dialysis
The cabinet also cleared a proposal to provide free-of-cost Haemo-dialysis services to kidney patients at government hospitals. The scheme will be operated with the help of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Under this scheme 180 dialysis machines would be set up in select district hospitals.
Uttar Hamara feels proud to share this and congratulates Akhilesh Yadav for being a helping hand in the daily lives of old people.