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Around 8% of the total population of our country today is above 60 years of age. Of this, Delhi alone accounts for 9.5 lakhs which is about 8.5% of its total population. Close to 40% of these senior citizens live below the poverty line and continue to face several issues concerning safety and availability of basic amenities. The disintegration of the joint family system has further compelled them to take shelter in the appallingly limited number of Old Age homes. This is a direct result of the inability of the government to support NGOs in setting up of new old age homes.
In light of the increasing number of crimes against the elderly, I led a 25 member delegation of senior citizens to meet the Lt. Governor and expressed serious concerns over their safety and security. With no effective assistance from the administration, I realized that further help was needed to improve the situation. I constituted the Senior Citizens Federation of India under the guidance of my father and former Delhi Assembly Speaker Shri Charti Lal Goel, to give voice to the needs of the Senior Citizens in Delhi. The federation has been organizing several demonstrations, conferences, workshops & meetings to raise the problems faced by these citizens in their twilight years. An example is the demonstration that was carried out against the spiraling price hikes which adversely affect the senior citizens who rely on their meager pensions for their existence.
We have been organizing conferences and workshops to create awareness amongst the senior citizens about their rights and duties, with the last one held at Talkatora Stadium in 2011. One such event is Delhi’s first Senior Citizens’ Conclave, being held regularly at Talkatora stadium, to deliberate on the condition of a large number of senior citizens who are neither provided any support by the government nor by their own families. The first conclave was graced by Shri L K Advaniji who shared his views on the issues faced by senior citizens and the ways through which senior citizens contribute to the development of the society. A booklet titled ‘Senior Citizen Information Book’ too has been released in this regard.
Through the conclave, a charter of demands in the interest of the senior citizens is being put out. The federation raises the demand for the creation of a National Commission for Senior Citizens, setting up of fast track courts for speedy redress of their grievances, provision of recreational centers in all residential colonies, free medical insurance for senior citizens in the BPL segment and for increase in their monthly pension from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2500 per month. The federation further demands the creation of a corpus of unclaimed money from the accounts of deceased senior citizens that can be used for the betterment of other senior citizens.
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Sir, it's a request to you kindly raise the issue of unalloted plots to DDA Rohini 1981 scheme. We are waiting for it for 33 years as well as 25000 families are waiting too but DDA has given just paper assurance. Kindly look into the matter sir.