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BMC plans daycares, recreational centres for senior citizens

mumbai Updated: Apr 10, 2013 01:35 IST
HT Correspondent

The civic body's much-awaited, first comprehensive policy for senior citizens will be tabled in the civic standing committee for approval on Wednesday.

The policy, which includes provision of day care and recreation centres for them in every municipal ward and medical helpline services and amenities in open spaces, was announced on October 1 last year.

"Though it is late, we are glad that the civic body has finally decided to take some initiative to provide facilities and services for senior citizens," said Sailesh Mishra, founder director, Silver Innings Foundation.

"However, there should have been allotment of more funds for the overall welfare of senior citizens," he said.

According to the policy, a separate cell under the chairmanship of mayor Sunil Prabhu will be created to plan welfare schemes for the elderly.

Among other measures are dedicated spaces for senior citizens when large housing complexes are proposed, a library for them with books on spirituality and health and ramps and railings at public toilets.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier announced that a policy would be formulated after it received a proposal from Federation of Senior Citizens' Organisation in Maharashtra. The policy has already been approved by the civic law committee in March this year.

According to civic officials, the policy will help senior citizens to be part of the mainstream.

Senior citizens cautiously welcomed the move.

"I welcome the prospect of having recreational and welfare centres for senior citizens. As we grow older, it becomes very difficult for us to relax and meet like-minded individuals," said KK Ganapathy, 86, a resident of Matunga.