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Provide Medical Help Lines very early. With so many Elders suffering from Dementia, Health Problems, Depressions and Anxiety Disorders, Ministry of Health, Society and Media must consider immediate action for remedial action. IN ADDITION TO RECOMMENDATIONS BY Dr Srinivasan, free Medical Help Lines on lines with Police & NGO Helplines should be provided from which any Senior Citizen can talk to a Doctor about his ailment, feeling, frustration and get proper advice, encouragement etc at any time.Ministries of HRD, Labour & Employment etc should provide avenues of useful utilization of all willing to work.Day Care Centres and various consulting committees, State Councils, Police & District Magistrates` committees as provided in National Policy, 99 & Maintenance Act, 2007 should be formed on priority basis. 
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On Tuesday, 8 October 2013 11:35 AM, surendra rawat <surendrarawat57@yahoo.co.in> wrote:

Dear Shri Ruperalia,

Reference is invited to your e-mail dated 22.8.2013 on various issues related to senior citizens.  The points raised therein have been examined and replies thereon duly approved by Hon'ble Minister, SJ&E  is attached herewith for kind perusal.

With regards

Surendra Rawat

Dear Shri Ruparelia,

Subject:-         With reference to your E. Mail dated 22.8.2013  to Hon'ble Minister  for Social Justice & Empowerment  

1. It is informed that instructions have already been issued vide D.O. No.15-39(57)/12-13/AG-II dated 20.08.2013 from Addl. Secretary, SJ&E to all Principal Secretary/Secretary of the concerned states for celebration of International Day of Older Persons on 1st October,2013 in a befitting manner. (copyplaced at Annexure – 'A').  Besides the Hon'ble Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment has also requested to all the Chief Minister of the respective states vide D.O. No. 15-39(57)/2012-13/AG-II (Pt.I) dated 26.08.2013 (copy placed at Annexure-B) to commemorate International Day of Older Persons on 1st October,2013 by organizing functions, workshops, seminars, awareness camps etc. and to give suitable instructions in this regard, so that, this year, the day is observed in befitting manner right up to the Block Level and with full involvement of the concerned Department like Education (including their NSS Units), Health Youth Welfare (including Nehru Yuvakendras) etc.  Besides the State Govts. have also been requested to organize these programmes with active involvement of Panchayats/Panchayati Raj Institutions and Municipal Bodies. Besides draft letters have been prepared and submitted for approval which will be issued to the States/UT from Minister, SJ&E, MOS (MG), Secy, SJ&E with request to celebrate the Day for one week.

   2.   Implement Important Provisions of Declared and Notified National Policy, 99:
It is informed that the draft National New Policy for Senior Citizens, 2011 is under preparation, which will be placed before the Cabinet for approval shortly. 

  3.          It is informed that separate Bureau has already been established in the Ministry for looking after/dealing with the Welfare of Senior Citizens on various issues. At present there is no proposal to set up a separate Ministry/Department for Senior Citizens.

4.       The Govt. has taken the following action in pursuance to provisions contained in the NPOP, 1999:

(i)  National Council of Older Persons under the   Chairmanship of Hon'ble Minister, SJ&E was constituted in 1999.  Which has again been reconstituted in 2012 with a more definite structure.

  (ii) The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act,    2007 has been enacted by the Parliament of India and has been brought into force by all States & UTs except J&K to which the Act does not extend and Himachal Pradesh which has its own maintenance Act.

(iii)   The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the   National Programme for Health Care for the Elderly (NPHCE) in 2010.

(iv)   Central Sector Scheme of International Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) has been revised with effect from 1.4.2008 under which Voluntary Organizations, Panchayati Raj Institutes etc. are given grants for implementing various programmes for the Welfare of Senior Citizens.

   5.    As already stated that separate Bureau has been established for dealing   with and looking after the Welfare of Senior Citizens and details of activities of the Bureau are available in the Ministries Website separately.
  
   6.     Create in the Society & Govt. and strengthen the legitimate place of elders in the society.

 The Ministry every year on 1st October organizes International Day of Older Persons.  As part of the celebration an Inter Generational Walkathon is organized in the morning in the National Capital and Vayoshreshta Samman is given to Institutions/Individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards in cause of Senior Citizens.  The Ministry also organizes similar Inter Generational Walkathon in to State Capitals.
 In this regards necessary instructions/ have been issued to the Central Ministries/State Govts./U.Ts. from time to time.

                  7.   Implement Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior   Citizens Act, 2007 fully:- 
                        
   In this regard, it is informed that suitable instructions have already been issued to all Central Ministries/State Govts./UTs from time to time to take necessary action in the subject.  So far, all States and UTs have notified the Act.  The Act does not extend to the State of J&K and Himachal Pradesh as
   they are having their own Maintenance Act.  A National Conference on Ageing was held on 6-7 November, 2012 in New Delhi. A review of implementation of this Act was taken up with the State Government representatives during the first half of the day. 
             
                       8.   The Ministry on the occasion of IDOP give wide publicity of the features of MWPSC Act and the benefits/concessions given to Senior Citizens by various central Govt. Ministries/Departments through advertisements in Print and Electronics Media.

   9.  The Hon'ble Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment vide D.O. letter dated 9th Jaunary,2013 has requested the Hon'ble Minister for Rural Development for enhancement of Pension Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension(IGNOAPS) to Rs. 500/- from Rs. 200/- (Years 60-79) and to Rs. 1,000/- from Rs. 500/- ( 80 years and above). 

  10. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is implementing the Central Sector Scheme of Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) since 1992 with the objective of improving the quality of life of Senior Citizens by providing basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and recreation opportunities etc. through providing support for capacity building of Government/Non-Governmental Organizations/Panchayati Raj Institutions/local bodies etc.  The Scheme was last revised with effect from 01.04.2008.  At present no Panchayat is receiving grant under the scheme as State Govts. have not sent any recommendation for grant to Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Yours faithfully,
(Surendra Rawat )
  Deputy Secretary & CPIO
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Comments on News on ``The President confers First National Awards for Senior Citizens-Vayoshreshtha Sanmans, 2013``in India-Education Diary.com on 1-10-13.
(No other Newspaper appears to have published such elaborate news of the function. Most of the Newspapers appear to have not even mentioned about this Day in their papers on 1st., except publishing advertisement given by the Ministry. Ministry may like to collect all Media Reports, including TV shows/news and publish in their Web Site. AISCCON is trying but Ministry`s action will be very much appreciated).
Very Good work by Ministry of Social Justice. This is first time that Norms & Criteria are fixed and notified in  Extra Ordinary Gazette of India dt 22-1-13 for selecting awardees  to ensure that recipients are not just picked up by Political bosses! It would be a great service, if Social Ministry prepares a detailed list of all those applied with their addresses, field of activities, efforts made by them for developing & formulating Policies & Programmes for senior citizens at State/National level  and Efforts made for creating Awareness Generation claimed by each in brief  etc and publish in their Web Site. Such list will be very helpful to Government, senior citizens and their associations to take advantage of their expertise.
Awards are declared for 7 categories as against 13 categories notified in Extra Ordinary Gazette dt 22-1-13.More publicity may be given to this Gazette Notification by Ministry & Media so that all may get knowledge of this.
Norms should be fixed for Screening Committee and Selection Committee and notified for transparency of selection to ensure that there is no political influence in selection.
President has rightly observed that `` This day should also be an occasion to take new initiatives. Elders, themselves, can organize themselves to collectively identify the areas where they would like Government and society to intervene and bring improvements in their lives.`` Elders are already organized and having All-India level Confederation (AISCCON) and holds annual conferences also in addition to constant representation and dissemination of information through their monthly Magazines & Newsletters. Government has to ensure that this Day should be celebrated at all levels up to ward/district with Joy & Enthusiasm and not confined to distribution of 7-10 awards at Delhi!! New initiatives by Government should create atmosphere of Respect toward Elders in the Country. Theme of the Day was ``THE FUTURE WE WANT ‐WHAT OLDER PERSONS ARE SAYING.`` No opportunity was given even in this ceremony to discuss What Elders Want. Ministry of Social Justice is not giving any opportunity for continuous negotiations and neither recognizing any existing registered associations of senior citizens by forming SCOVA type machinery given to Pensioners by Ministry of Pension nor creating National Association of Older Persons laid down in National Policy, 99.                   
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Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation celebrated International Day of Older Persons on 1st Oct, 13 on grand scale in air conditioned big hall of Maxus Mall at Bhayander. More than 700 senior citizens participated and enjoyed the programme. All were felicitated. Each senior citizen was given shawl, coconut, flower and packet of eatables by Corporation. 
Corporation has given 2 big halls as Day Care Centres with TV etc, one at Mira Road and one at Bhayander and are managed by Associations of senior citizens.
Good work by MBMC.
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Speaking at the World Elders'
Day<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/World-Elders'-Day>
celebrations
here on Tuesday, the mayor requested senior citizens to give their ideas
and suggestions for taking up schemes for their benefit.

GHMC commissioner M T Krishna Babu said everyone should come forward to
take care of their elders "as we were taking care of our children". He said
the GHMC had formed 176 associations and opened 79 Day Care Centres, which
had been functioning in the existing community halls, with all facilities
like cycling, carom boards for relaxation, doing exercises, physiotherapy
etc. He announced that the existing day care centres would be strengthened
by providing them with required books and newspapers for the convenience of
senior citizens.
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Safety of Senior Citizens and Literacy programmes to make elderly aware of their rights, access entitlements and services and develop ability to resist violence through appropriate "do's and don'ts" etc

Mansukhlal Ruparelia <mrmvruparelia@gmail.com>
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Directive dt 30-8-13 from Ministry of Home Affairs is very important. You may like to take up with your State/UT government through RTI Application.

Application For Information Under The Right To Information Act, 2005.

          (Senior Citizen Priority Case as per SIC, Maharashtra`s Orders) 

To
The PIO & KAKSHA ADHIKARI, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of Maharashtra, Mantralaya, Mumbai-400032. 
1) Name of the Applicant:             M.V.Ruparelia.  ( Age 80 ). 

2) Address:                              A503 Rashmi Utsav, Near Jangid Estate & Vijay Park ,

                                                 Mira Road (E). District Thane, Maharashtra . 401 107.

                                                        T.N. 9821732855.     E/Mail: mvrup@yahoo.co.in 

3) Particulars of Information:  Information in respect of Implementation of Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Rules 2010 notified before 3 years on 23-6-10.

Kindly, give the following information:-

i)                As per news in Times of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi has issued elaborate instructions on 30-8-13 to States/UTs for safety of seniors and to arrange Literacy programmes to make elderly aware of their rights, access entitlements and services and develop ability to resist violence through appropriate "do's and don'ts" etc. Kindly, advise whether you have received these instructions. If yes, when these were received and what action is taken thereon, giving copies of notings and copies of instructions/circulars issued to subordinate offices at District level and Municipal & Panchayat authorities. Copy of these instructions dt 30-8-13 and all instructions received on this subject from time to time from Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi may also be given.

ii)              Whether our Application dt 4-9-12 under RTI with fee of Rs 10 for Implementation of Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Rules 2010 was received. If yes, on what date and what action was taken and when information requested in it will be given.

iii)            Whether any instructions are issued to District Magistrates to ensure regular and wide publicity to the provisions of this Act, 2007 and programmes of Central & State Governments for welfare of senior citizens and coordinate with municipalities and panchayats as laid down in Rule 19 (iv) & (v) etc notified in State Gazette on 23-6-10. If yes, copies may be sent. If not, when these will be issued, as 3 years are over to notification of these Rules.

iv)             Whether any instructions are issued to Police Department to ensure protection of life and property of senior citizens, as laid down in Rule 20. If yes, copies may be sent. If not, when these will be issued, as 3 years are over to notification of these Rules.

v)               Whether any instructions are issued to form State Council and District Coordination-cum-monitoring Committees of senior citizens for each district to advise in effective and coordinated implementation of the Act, 2007, as laid down in Rule 21 & 22. If yes, copies may be sent. If not, when these will be issued, as 3 years are over to notification of these Rules.

4) Reply may be given by E/Mail on mvrup@yahoo.co.in or Post. 

5) Fee of Rs 10 is paid. 

                                                                                 (M.V.Ruparelia)

    Mira Road 21-9-13.                                    Signature of the Applicant
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Senior Citizens National Protest Day-16-8-13 (SCNPD).
``Right Every Wrong``              Satyamev Jayte.
M.V.Ruparelia, A503 Rashmi Utsav, Near Jangid Estate & Vijay Park, Mira Road (East) Dist. Thane. 401107. M. 09821732855. E/Mail: mvrup@yahoo.co.in

To                                                                                                August 10th,2013.  
Shri P. Chidambaram, Honourable Finance Minister of India 
North Block, New Delhi-110101.

Mananivar Chidambaramji,   
                                     
Sub: Step-motherly and inhuman treatment to Elders of the Country by Ministry of Finance.
 
1. As you may be aware, United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia Specific (ESCAP), Bangkok is watching the action taken by Government for welfare of senior citizens and has requested all member countries to advise them the progress report for 19 Questionnaire in terms of The Economic and Social Council resolution 2010/14 for their Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA REVIEW), 2011. Our progress is very poor due to very meager funds being provided by Finance Ministry for Elders of the Country, though clearly directed in para 93 of National Policy, 99, notified with the approval of Cabinet on 13-2-99. It was provided in its Mandate, Policy Statement & Financial Security (Paras 12 to 31) to take effective steps to improve the quality of life of all Elders, strengthen their legitimate place in society and help them to live their last spell of life with purpose, dignity and peace. Para 18 of the Policy provides that age 60+ is a phase, when individual should have chances and opportunities to lead an active, creative, productive and satisfying life. Ministry of Finance is the apex authority of Government of India at the national level to provide funds, formulate policies, sponsor and support programmes of the Government. It is regretted that Finance Ministry has not taken any steps sincerely to act as per these provisions in Mandate, Policy Statement and on many other provisions of the Policy, 99 pertaining to them even after 14 full years. We have been representing to you and your predecessor for our various demands through Memorandum issued on first Protest day of 16-8-10, second Solidarity Day on 16-8-11 and third Solidarity Day on 16-8-12. We have also been requesting you well in advance of preparation of Budgets to provide funds for our demands but no sincere efforts are made to implement many of the provisions of various policies declared and announced by the Government. We observe that Elders of the Country are repeatedly ignored by Finance Ministry giving them Step-motherly and inhuman treatment and as such 12 crore Senior Citizens have united and decided to observe again 16-8-13 as National Protest Day. Decision No. 2701/IC(A)/2008 on 27-6-08 from Chief Information Commissioner, Delhi  reads as under:- ``The Respondents has adopted a National Policy on Older Persons, which has not been effectively implemented. The Senior Citizens are, therefore, deprived of the benefits assured to them. The Respondent is, therefore, directed to clearly outline the Plan of Action and indicate its outcome for the larger benefits of the Society.`` We shall request you to get action taken and Action Plans as per para 93 got prepared for provisions in paras 1 to 31,36, 63 and 91 at an early date.

2. Para 29 of the Policy, 99 lays down that the Elder contributors should feel assured that the payments at the end of stipulated period are attractive enough to take care of the likely erosion in purchasing power due to erosion. As per Reserve Bank Master Circular, Banks are permitted to formulate fixed deposit schemes for senior citizens, offering higher & fixed rates of interest. Looking to the present inflation giving 90% Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees, extra rate of interest to your Elders should be more than 10-15% than given to other citizens. However looking to the financial restraints and crisis being felt by Government for Elders, at least 5% extra should be paid with immediate effect with provision to increase every 6 months. Our Elders have fought for Independence and have played very important role in bringing present financial prosperity to the Country and deserve special treatment for their wellbeing.  We would like to bring to your notice that recently, State Bank of India has reduced the rate of interest to Elders of the Country to ridiculous extra ¼% on the basis of discussion for item 26 of Minutes of Meeting held by you on 15-11-12 in which it was advised that the additional interest for senior citizens may be reasonable but not excessive. It is deplorable to know that Finance Ministry considers ½% extra rate to the Elders of the Country as excessive and discusses this meager extra rate to Elders as excessive in meeting with Banks!! Most of the Elders retired before 1996 have meager savings due to meager settlement dues and are dependent on earnings from interest on such meager savings. We would therefore request you to go through various provisions of National Policy, 99 and get higher rate of interest fixed for Elders of the Country and advise Reserve Bank and all Banks and Public Sector Undertakings under you to follow all the provisions sincerely. It is the responsibility of Ministry of Finance to get provisions of Policy, 99 implemented by all subordinate Public Sector Undertakings under them in terms of para 93 of Policy. You will agree that ½ % extra rate to Your Elders is nothing but a mockery of Elders and cutting it further to ¼% is very insulting and inhuman. We shall be thankful, if incorrect action of State Bank of India is got rectified immediately.We would also request you to earmark 10% or some % of Government`s income for welfare of Elders of the Country.
3. Present lot of Senior Citizens belonging to Middle & Higher Middle Class has been paying Income Tax for last30-70 years, right from their recruitment at age of 20-25. They have worked hard for upliftment of the Country and bringing it to the level of Top Economy of the World and have taken active part in Independence Struggle also. Senior Citizens do not enjoy fully Public Goods and Services provided by Government for citizens (Para 4.1 of Discussion Paper of Direct Tax Code) due to immobility and many other factors. Their ability to pay Tax (Para 3.2 of Discussion Paper) gets reduced after retirement and from year to year due to less income and more expenditure on health care. Their Net Worth (Para 3.4 of D.P.) also gets reduced considerably. There are many other factors, which also require to be considered and all Senior Citizens should be completely exempted from paying Income Tax. Para 28 of Policy lays down that taxation policies will reflect sensitivity to financial problems of older persons, which accelerate due to very high costs of medical & nursing care, transportation & support services needed etc. Kindly, look in to all such declared and notified provisions and exempt your Elders from burden of taxation or exemption limit be increased to 5 lakhs for below 80 & 10 lakhs for above 80.  At least Pension should be exempted completely.

4. For various purposes to provide relief to senior citizens of the Country, Finance Ministry was to create a Welfare Fund as per provisions in para 63 of Policy,99 but this has not been done, resulting in non-implementation of many provisions of Policy, 99 for last 14 years, which has resulted in Abuse of Elders of the Country. It is high time that this Welfare Fund is created and if sufficient funds are not available for Elders of the Country, this may be done by utilizing huge amount of unclaimed balances with all Banks. As per Media Reports, Rs1739 crore rupees are lying unclaimed with Banks. These balances, generally, are of older persons, who have expired or forgotten due to memory loss. 2% CSR funds of each Bank or certain % of such funds can also be transferred to this Welfare Fund, keeping in view non-implementation of the declared and notified Policy of Government. 

5. According to para 36 of NPOP, 99, Health Insurance was to be given high priority to cater to the needs of different income segments but no decision is taken by Finance Ministry even after obtaining suggestions from Sastry Committee and receiving final recommendations thereon from Government Agency of IRDA in 2009 to give subsidy of Rs 2000 or so per policy. This requires your personal intervention.

6. As per para 25 of Policy, 99, BPL Senior Citizens were to be provided with Old Age Pension as succor and rates of monthly pension were to be revised at intervals so that inflation does not deflate its real purchasing power. According to Prime Minister`s  Speech on 19-11-07 for launching IGNOAP for providing a Social Safety Net for poor & vulnerable and to universalize coverage to all those who are old, poor and needy, this Old Age Pension was to be paid to all citizens above 65 (now 60) years and living below poverty line. There are no orders from PM to restrict this pension to only those belonging to BPL Family. Amount of Rs 300 now proposed is a mockery of Elders of the Country. Financial Constrains are for only helpless, ailing BPL Elders of a Highly Advanced & Financially Prosperous Country, which boasts in the ENTIRE WORLD for having RESPECT for their ELDERS!! Government spends Rs 20000 p.a. (more than Rs 1600 p.m.) for one Under Trial Prisoner and much more for convicts. Even alcoholic & drug addicts are granted Rs 900 p.m. by same Govt for food during their remaining in Anti-addict Centres! Kindly, look in to this mockery of Elders and increase the amount to Rs 2000 p.m., as demanded by Pension Parishad. Para 2.8.3 of Report of XII Five Year Plan (2012-17) Working Group on ``Social Welfare``(October, 2011) recommended to provide insurance to the extent of Rs 1 lakh in place of existing Rs 30000 for Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna. This is required to be implemented early. Moreover, present limit of 5 members in a family does not give benefit to senior citizens. RSBY is required to be modified on lines of Schemes being implemented by Maharashtra, Andhra & Tamilnadu States.Cases of 36 lakh senior citizens retired from private & public sector industries under EPF/EPS 95and similar schemes getting less than Rs 500 as monthly pension are also required to be considered sympathetically, keeping in view present inflationary position of market. The contribution of employers has to be increased from 1.16 to 8.33 for future retirees.
7. Finance Ministry has to extend their support for the poor segment, both in urban and rural areas for social security, health care, shelter, welfare and protection against abuse and exploitation so that they can improve their quality of lives. For achieving this, there is an immediate need for setting up a separate Ministry for Senior Citizens at Central and State Level with a full time Secretary and other officers exclusively for welfare of Elders of the Country to implement promptly and sincerely various policies already decided and declared by the Government. Proper provision of funds for this purpose is required to be made by Finance Ministry to achieve this long felt necessity. National/State Commissions for Senior Citizens for ensuring no violations of Rights Of Senior Citizens are also necessary.
With your SINCERE personality & tact of handling all situations, we are sure that you will do needful quickly, sincerely and take suitable action to improve the last spell of life of  12 crore Elders of the Country.

We shall be obliged, if action taken is advised in terms of para 66 & 67 of Central Secretariat Manual and DOPT repeated instructions, last being 55/20/2012-P&PW© dt 18-2-13, indicating your plan of action.

Thanking You,

Yours Sincerely,

(M.V.Ruparelia)
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All India Senior Citizens National Protest Day- 16th August, 2013.
                               ``Right Every Wrong``              Satyamev Jayte.

M.V.Ruparelia, A503 Rashmi Utsav, Near Jangid Estate & Vijay Park,
Mira Road (East) Dist. Thane. 401107. M. 09821732855   E/Mail: mvrup@yahoo.co.in
 
MEMRANDUM TO OUR BELOVED PRIME MINISTER  Dr. MANMOHAN SINGH BY THE SENIOR CITIZENS OF INDIA 
To                                                                                                August 3, 2013.  
 Dr Manmohan Singh, Honorable Prime Minister of India 
South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110101.

Mananivar Pradhan Mantri Ji,   
                                     
Sub: Non-implementation by Central Ministries & State Governments/UTs of Various Policies decided and notified by the Government for Welfare of 12 crore Elders of the Country.

1. As you may be aware, Government had notified National Policy for Older Persons, 99 with the approval of Cabinet on 13-2-99. Para 18 of the Policy provides that age 60+ is a phase, when individual should have chances and opportunities to lead an active, creative, productive and satisfying life. Large number of provisions of NPOP, 99 is not yet implemented even after 14 years and most of the States/UTs have not even adopted/accepted the Policy. Expectations of your 12 crore Elders promised by Government in Policy, 99 are not met with, which is considered as Elder Abuse by Government as per definition of INPEA. All Ministries of Central & State/UT governments are the apex authority of Government of India at the national/state level to formulate policies, sponsor and support programmes of the Government. It is regretted that not a single Ministry/Department of Centre and State/UT has sincerely taken any steps to act as per these provisions in Mandate & Policy Statement and on many other provisions of the Policy, 99 even after 14 full years. We have been representing to you, concerned Ministers by name of Central Government and Chief Ministers of States/UTs for our various demands through Memorandum issued on first Protest day of 16-8-10, second Solidarity Day on 16-8-11 and third Solidarity Day on 16-8-12. We have also been requesting you and others well in advance of preparation of Budgets to provide funds for our demands but no sincere efforts are made to implement many of the provisions of various policies announced by the Government. We observe that Elders of the Country are repeatedly ignored by Central, State & Local Bodies and as such 12 crore Senior Citizens have united and decided to observe again 16-8-13 as National Protest Day. We have full faith in your leadership and appreciate your actions for reforming Babuldom through ``The Right of Citizens for time-bound delivery of goods & services & Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011``and keeping Vision & Mission Of your Government to facilitate pursuit of excellence in governance for the benefit of all citizens and to foster excellence in governance and pursuit of administrative reforms through improvements in government structures and processes; Promoting citizen-centric governance with emphasis on grievance redressal etc. We, therefore, request you to write personal D.O. letter and talk to each Central Minister and Chief Ministers of State/UTs in your next meeting with them to personally look in to this Policy, 99 and take immediate action on each provision of this 14 year old Policy by preparing Five Year and Annual Action Plans for their areas of function.
i) 2. Provide Separate Ministry/Department: Ministry of Social Justice is nominated as Nodal Ministry for Welfare of Elders. This Ministry deals with many subjects other than welfare of Senior Citizens and is not able to take appropriate & prompt action for welfare of Elders of the Country. We request you to give us a separate Ministry for 12 crore Senior Citizens (10% of total population, 13% of electorate and 21% of effective voters), keeping in view the likely position of having a huge population of Elders in coming years. The Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare is the nodal department for formulation of policies relating to pension and other retirement benefits of Central Govt. Apart from formulation of pension policy for the Central Govt. Pensioners/Family Pensioners, it also seeks to promote pensioners welfare and serves as a forum for the redressal of Pensioners' grievances. It has recognized many Associations of Pensioners and holds regular negotiations with them through SCOVA, provides Computer Portals and finance for that to several Associations and sends all circulars etc to Associations. Ministry of Social Justice is not creating National and State/District Associations of Older Persons (NAOP), as laid down in Policy nor recognizing any existing Associations for negotiation & dissemination of information, not even pursuing with other Ministries through Inter-Ministerial Committee, last meeting was held on 7-2-08. If separate Ministry for Senior Citizens is not possible, this nodal Ministry may be merged with Pension Ministry. Meanwhile, a separate Bureau for Senior Citizen may be created as per para 92 of National Policy, 99 by providing sufficient staff and officers up to Secretary Level with pro-elder aptitude and attitude. Recently, this Ministry was bifurcated and matters pertaining to Senior Citizens were put under charge of Joint Secretary with other subjects. Looking to the deplorable position of pending issues of Elders, it is absolutely necessary to provide independent full time Secretary, Joint Secretary, Directors etc not only at Centre but also at State Level. National/State Commissions for Senior Citizens for ensuring no violations of Rights Of Senior Citizens are also necessary.
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iii) 3. Provide Negotiating Machinery: You will be surprised to know that at present, neither Nodal Ministry nor any other Ministry even sends a copy of circular/instructions affecting Elders to any of the Associations of Senior Citizens. Recognition of various Associations, as done by Ministry of Pension for Associations of Pensioners is necessary. One of the main requirement of NPOP, 99 is wide dissemination of information to Senior Citizens and their Organizations, so that they can function as watchdog, energize continuing action, mobilize public opinion and generate pressure for implementation of Policy, as laid down in para 91.
iv) Para 72 lays down that there will be continuous dialogue and communications with NGOs on ageing issues and on services to be provided. Para 90 provides that National Policy will be widely disseminated. Negotiation & Dissemination is completely neglected by Nodal Ministry. Separate Negotiating Machinery by recognizing existing registered Federations of Senior Citizens and separate Web Site for Senior Citizens may kindly be got implemented to help early implementation of all policies.
4. New Revised National Policy for Senior Citizens: Nodal Minister was given Revised Policy on 30-3-11 by Committee, nominated on 28-1-10, in which large number of Government representatives were nominated with only 4 representatives of 12 crore elders and is lying in Ministry for more than 27 months. From the time Review Committee was appointed on 28-1-10, action is not being taken on provisions of NPOP, 99 nor on suggestions by Review Committee. It is necessary that New Policy is notified early. Nodal Ministry should give to each Stake Holder a list of provisions concerning them and Five Year & Annual Action Plans obtained from them for early implementation.
5. Increase Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension (IGNOAPS): As per para 25 of Policy, 99, BPL Senior Citizens were to be provided with Old Age Pension as succor and rates of monthly pension were to be revised at intervals so that inflation does not deflate its real purchasing power. Task Force by Rural Ministry has suggested to increase pension from Rs 200 to meager amount of Rs 300 p.m. from 1-4-13 to those belonging to BPL Family and not to all BPL Elders! According to your Speech on 19-11-07 for launching IGNOAP for providing a Social Safety Net for poor & vulnerable and to universalize coverage to all those who are old, poor and needy, this Old Age Pension was to be paid to all citizens above 65 (now 60) years and living below poverty line. There are no orders from your side to restrict this pension to only those belonging to BPL Family. Amount of Rs 300 is a mockery of Elders of the Country. Financial Constrains are for only helpless, ailing BPL Elders of a Highly Advanced & Financially Prosperous Country, which boasts in the ENTIRE WORLD for having RESPECT for their ELDERS!! Government spends Rs 20000 p.a. (more than Rs 1600 p.m.) for one Under Trial Prisoner and much more for convicts. Even alcoholic & drug addicts are granted Rs 900 p.m. by same Govt for food during their remaining in Anti-addict Centres! Kindly, look in to this mockery of Elders and increase the amount to Rs 2000 p.m., as demanded by Pension Parishad. Cases of 36 lakh senior citizens retired from private & public sector industries under EPF/EPS 95and similar schemes getting less than Rs 500 as monthly pension are also required to be considered sympathetically, keeping in view present inflationary position of market. The contribution of employers has to be increased from 1.16 to 8.33 for future retirees.
6. Provide Avenues of Utilization of Elders: Even after 14 years of formation of the Policy for overall upliftment of Senior Citizens in paras 20, 21, 31, 55, 78, 79 etc, nothing is done for their proper utilization. Many pensioners feel lonely and require some avenues of passing their time usefully. Ministry of Human Resource Development has to provide proper education to retired staff, which plays a significant and remedial role in balancing the socio-economic fabric of the Country. 12 crore Elders of the Country are declared as huge untapped resource (Para 78) for which facilities are to be made available to use their potentiality as per their choice. 
7. Change the Attitude of Finance Ministry & Planning Commission towards Elders: Elders of the Country has labored hard to get Independence & bringing the present prosperity to the Country. Any Country forgetting this and giving step motherly treatment to their Elders, which these two departments are doing, will lead the Country nowhere! As per provisions in Policy, both these departments have to facilitate budgetary provisions required for implementation (Para 93); to provide Welfare Fund (Para 63) and facilitate various income generating activities, giving tax reliefs, ensuring proper return for investment, subsidy for insurance etc (Paras 24 to 32). Our experience for each of the provisions indicates that officials & Minister are prejudiced against Elders of the Country and not helpful at all. We shall give recent examples of this attitude. In a recent meeting held with Banks on 15-11-12, Finance Minister advised that the additional interest for senior citizens may be reasonable but not excessive. The present extra rate of interest for Elders is meager ½% , which is mockery of Elders of the Country and not at all reasonable, which was reduced to insulting ¼ % by State Bank of India due to such advice, continuing 1% extra for all Bank employees, Directors etc !! Sastry Committee`s recommendations, recommended by IRDA in their letter dt 25-5-09 for giving subsidy of Rs 2000 or so for each Medi-claim Policy of Senior Citizens is not being accepted. Planning Commission did not give funds for Old Age Homes for deserted Elders in 12th Plan!! Kindly, fix certain % of total gross income of the Country for welfare of your Elders. Please, counsel these two departments suitably and get funds for various provisions.
8. Implementation of Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007: 10 States and 6 UTs have not yet operationalized this Act even after 6 years! Not a single State/UT has yet provided Old Age Home. No District Magistrates give wide publicity to the Act nor about Government Programmes for welfare of Elders; No State Councils nor District Committees are formed, no up to date lists of all senior citizens living in jurisdiction of each Police Station and formation of Volunteers` Committees for each Police Station are formed, as laid down. Many States have not provided for punishments for abandoning parents; restoring right to property in cases of not taking care of parents after getting property transferred and provision of free medical care in government hospitals, as provided in Act.
9. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY): Para 2.8.3 of Report of XII Five Year Plan (2012-17) Working Group on ``Social Welfare``(October, 2011 recommended to provide insurance to the extent of Rs 1 lakh in place of existing Rs 30000. This is required to be implemented early. Moreover, present limit of 5 members in a family does not give benefit to senior citizens. RSBY is required to be modified on lines of Schemes being implemented by Maharashtra, Andhra & Tamilnadu States.
10. Create respect for Elders in the Society & Government: It is observed that Elders of the Country are not treated well in Society, as were being treated earlier-Matru Devo Bhav-Pitru Devo Bhav. Recent Help Age Report on Elder Abuse indicates this. They are treated as ``Spent Force`` by Government, which is apparent in non implementation of various notified and declared Policies. Para 15 of Policy, 99 states that State will strengthen the legitimate place of Elders in the Society. Para 18 states that Elders should have chances and opportunities to lead an active, creative, productive and satisfying life. State has to strengthen inter generational bonds and mutually supporting relationships. State has to encourage capable Senior Citizens to provide service to other senior citizens in need of help. It is necessary that the Family Support System continues to be functional to discharge its caring responsibilities, sensitizing the young on necessity & desirability of inter generational bonding etc. Each provision in Policy is important and requires highlighting by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Various provisions of Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007 about looking after Elders by Children, providing meeting places and safety by Police etc also need highlighting & propaganda by this Ministry. Radio having become less popular, programmes on all channels of Doordarshan is necessary. Cooperation of all Newspapers, private TV Channels and Bollywood etc is also absolutely necessary for creative use of entire Media for highlighting continuously the changing situations of Elders, active ageing, intergeneration bonds etc as per para 88 & 89. Only one episode of Satyamev Jayate has brought lot of awareness. Pre advertised and pre fixed slots and participation of entire Media including Bollywood, Newspapers & all TV channels are to be encouraged/instructed by I & B Ministry. Para 2.9.11 of the Report of XIIth Five Year Plan (2012-17) Working Group on Social Welfare of October, 11 reads as under: ``A weekly programme of one hour duration should be introduced in Doordarshan on various issues and concerns relating senior citizens viz health care, security, need for care & maintenance etc.`` This should be implemented early.

We have represented only 10 important issues for welfare of more than 10 crore Elders of the Country with earnest hope that Our Beloved Prime Minister, one amongst us, will make his Cabinet Members and all Chief Ministers realize the need of helping the Elders of the Country sincerely and promptly by implementing the Policies already decided and declared long ago.

We shall be obliged, if action taken is advised in terms of para 66 & 67 of Central Secretariat Manual and DOPT repeated instructions, last being 55/20/2012-P&PW© dt 18-2-13, indicating your plan of action.
Thanking You,

Yours Sincerely,

(M.V.Ruparelia)
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