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Implementation of plans for senior citizens needed: VP

delhi Updated: Apr 15, 2007 16:38 IST
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Implementation of plans for senior citizens needed: VP

Taking cognisance of rising incidents of crimes against senior citizens, Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on Sunday said there was a "serious" need to implement the government strategies and chalk out plans which rekindle confidence in them as homilies alone could not turn the situation.

"The need of the hour is to create a positive atmosphere where the aged can feel safe and secure. In the present conditions when most of the families are adoptive to nuclear families and children are choosing to live abroad, old people are invariably prone to such crimes,"he said while releasing a book "Aashirwad", dedicated to senior citizens.

"This is where the role of government authorities, administration and the police, responsible for carrying out their task properly, comes to a test. The implementation of programmes meant for senior citizens in a planned and accurate manner will inculcate a feeling of security in them," the 84-year-old leader said. He noted it was appropriate for him to release the book dealing with vaious facets of senior citizens concerns.

The book is penned by Kiran Chopra, founder-director of Varishta Nagrik Kesari Club, which is instrumental in addressing several issues of the aged.

Speaking on the occasion, Lieutnent Governor of Delhi Tejinder Khanna said in the fast-changing world, family should act like a mirror to the old. The duty of the family members to look after their parents was indisputable as they were duty-bound.

"If the feeling of satisfaction in the aged is nurtured on the one hand and the duties by young generation is followed whole-heartedly without taking it as a burden on the other, half of the problems would be solved which would somewhat ease the task of administration also," he said.

He also exhorted the government servants to play their part efficiently and help citizens who were largely dependent on them and try to establish a corruption free administration.

The Lieutnent Governor also urged the citizens to not adopt dual standards as they followed every rule and regulation outside the country religiously but did not care to abide by them back home. He asked them to set an example for people residing in New Delhi by following the rules strictly.

Besides Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul, politician Madan Lal Khurana, senior police official Kiran Bedi, among others, the occasion saw participation of large number of senior citizens.

The function was to mark the 25th anniversary of the Punjab Kesari group in Delhi.