If a cop knocks at your door anytime soon, don’t be afraid. They mean well. Punjab police personnel are these days visiting each house seeking details of senior citizens living there. The aim is to put in place a record, and then provide assistance to the elderly.
Cops, in fact, would not only check on the elderly and verify the credentials of their maids and other employees, but also assist them in complaints with government departments. Police would forward their complaints if they are unable to go to the office concerned, and then update them on the status.
Each station house officer would maintain seven types of registers, covering basic details, crime, grievances, visit record, and status reports. Special care would be taken of those living alone.
Work is already on in Jalandhar after the inspector general of police (human rights) wrote to all police unit heads on December 26 regarding this, along with copies of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen’s Act, 2007, and the rules concerned.
officers ordered to follow instructions
District nodal officer for the plan, J Elanchezhian, who is additional deputy commissioner of police (crime), said all assistant commissioners of police (ACPs) and station house officers (SHOs) had been ordered to follow the instructions from the government to ensure a safe environment for senior citizens.
However, a senior police official, who did not want to be named, raised a pertinent issue: “The government should also provide adequate staff for police stations.”