Cops reach out to the elderly living alone in Noida
The police are going to have the same system in place at other police stations as well. Beat constables have been asked to keep updating the data of senior citizens. The personnel responsible for maintaining the register has to make sure that there are continuous additions to the list, senior officials said.noida Updated: Jul 05, 2017 22:52 IST
Gautam Budh Nagar police is going to have a dedicated police personnel in each station to regularly meet senior citizens in their area and also maintain a register with their details. The initiative was first started at the Kasna police station in Greater Noida, the response to which was overwhelming, the police said.
The police are going to have the same system in place at other police stations as well. Beat constables have been asked to keep updating the data of senior citizens. The personnel responsible for maintaining the register has to make sure that there are continuous additions to the list, senior officials said.
“We started the initiative at Kasna police station and the response of senior citizens has been very good. This area has (a large) urban population of senior citizens living alone because their children are mostly out of station due to professional commitments. This step will help us develop a rapport with senior citizens,” said Suniti, superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.
The personnel responsible have been asked to get all personal details of the elderly such as their name, address, contact numbers of their children or relatives to be reached in case of emergency and also the details of their domestic help, driver and other staff. Officials said that this will ensure that the beat constables visit them regularly.
“To get the personal details of senior citizens, the beat constable has to visit them in person. We are also keeping a track of the new names added to the list by the personnel responsible for maintaining this data,” Suniti said.
The police will also be holding a meeting every month with senior citizens to listen to their woes and concerns. “At the meeting, all the elderly people registered with the police will be able to share their problems with us. In case of a medical emergency, the senior citizens will be also be provided assistance by the police. We want to make sure that senior citizens in our area have easy access to us and vice versa. We want to assure them that they are not alone and they can contact the police during any distress,” Suniti said.
Beat constables have been asked to accompany personnel in PCR vans to reach out to the maximum number of senior citizens.
On June 22, the body of an 80-year-old retired army officer was found decomposed at his house in Sector 37. The police had said that he had died three days before the body was found. Deceased Kulbushan Manocha, was a retired colonel who had been living in Arun Vihar for 27 years.