Lack of jobs for youth in state worries elderly
At the twilight of their life, senior citizens are seemingly worried about declining job opportunities for younger generations within the state. With their siblings moving out of their homes to carve out a career, the older generations are forced to stay alone in the house.punjab Updated: Nov 27, 2013 19:05 IST
At the twilight of their life, senior citizens are seemingly worried about declining job opportunities for younger generations within the state.
With their siblings moving out of their homes to carve out a career, the older generations are forced to stay alone in the house.
This was stated by president of the Himachal chapter of age care India GK Nag. He said this problem was not only with the people who were not economically sound but people with good economic base were also facing this problem as their kin wanted to settle in big cities.
“The government has to look into this matter as brain drain from Himachal is also not in the interest of the state,” added Nag.
Senior citizens, who gathered at the Mall road here, to mark the annual day of Age Care India, emphasised the need for setting up more old age homes, across the state.
“People of the state, particularly the youth, are impressed by the glitz of big cities, whereas old people of the state, especially in rural areas, have no option than to live alone,” said Nag.
“There is a need of old age homes where elderly can live happily without feeling lonely,” he said, adding that the government had to provide the basic facility to the existing old age homes.
Though old age homes are not a permanent solution, but it is a better place for those living alone.
Secretary of the state unit of Age Care India VK Sharma said now-a-days, nuclear families have replaced joint families and there is lack of time for each other. He termed the situation in the rural areas of the state 'alarming'.
“The elderly are also apprehensive about the worsening law and order situation as incidents of theft and robbery are increasing day by day,” Sharma said, adding that the government should engage more and more mobile clinics to provide medical facilities to the elderly at their doorstep. “There is a need to hold medical camps for senior citizens,” he said.
Celebrates annual day
The Age Care unit of the state celebrated their annual day here on Wednesday. Chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and Karsog MLA Mansa Ram, who was the chief guest, said everyone was acquainted with old age problems. “Old age is the time when people require more attention of their kin,” he said.
He also donated Rs 1 lakh to Age Care India and assured to solve the problems faced by elderly.