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For the elderly, MP govt launches one-click pension scheme, to list the neglected

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the ‘One Click Pension Distribution Scheme’, which would benefit 35 lakh elderly in the state.

bhopal Updated: Oct 01, 2017 19:21 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh,Shivraj Singh Chouhan,Elderly
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitating senior citizens at a programme to mark the International Day of Older Persons, in Bhopal on Sunday. (PTI)

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday announced that state government will prepare a list of elderly people living alone in the state so that authorities can reach out to them in time to help them and ensure their safety.

Chouhan also announced that mahapanchayats (congregation) of elderly people would be held at the CM’s residence soon to address their issues.

After inaugurating the ‘One Click Pension Distribution Scheme’, which he said would benefit 35 lakh elderly, the CM announced a helpline for the aged.

The function in which Chouhan also felicitated some centenarians, was organised here on the occasion of the International Day for Older People (Oct 1).

Chouhan said a lot of programmes were underway to help elderly people and promised more for them.

“Under the ‘one click pension distribution scheme’, pension will be deposited directly in the bank accounts of the elderly with just a click. They don’t need not to travel or walk to the bank get it. The government will ensure that elderly people receive pension on the first of every month,” he said.

The CM also promised to roll out activities by the newly-created happiness department to create respect for the elderly.

He emphasised that the elderly were not a burden, but an active part of the society.

“Elderly homes are not part of our tradition. here we have a tradition of immense respect for them. We have to think along these lines,” he said, adding that joint families were breaking due to a decline in respect towards the elderly.

Lashing out at those leaving their parents, he said such children would be punished.

The CM had last month also said that a new legislation would be brought to take strict action against children who don’t take care of their aged parents.

First Published: Oct 01, 2017 19:07 IST