JAMMU, Oct 1: Association for Welfare of Senior Citizens (AWSC) Jammu – a registered NGO, active and working in the service of Senior Citizen since 2001, organized a function today to mark the ‘International Day of Older Persons’.
The function was held in a spacious hall of Shiv Temple/Panj Mandir, Sector 5-7 complex, Trikuta Nagar. President of the Association, Virender Kumar Gupta and general secretary Dr Shashi Kant Goswami, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted genuine grievances of elders and appealed the authorities in UT’s Social Welfare Department for ensuring their redressal, with special emphasis on bringing out an appropriate exclusive scheme for providing land and grant-in-aid to the eligible NGOs for establishing or running the ‘Senior Citizen Homes’/Pay & Stay Homes and Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana.
Thereafter, Dr R R Khajuria, a veteran and pioneer in introducing the concept of NGOs in Jammu was honoured by presenting a Shawl by A K Arora, Prem Gupta and J S Sudan (patrons), R S Broca and Abhinandan Jain (vice presidents) and Virender Suri (joint secretary of the Association). Dr T R Gupta enriched the participants by elaborating ways and manners to handle all age-related ailments.
Meanwhile, All J&K Senior Citizen Welfare Council (SCWC) celebrated World Elders’ Day in a modest way at Mahajan Hall, Gandhinagar. Vivek Sharma, Director Social Welfare Department, was the chief guest on the occasion while Amresh Khajuria president SOS Balgran was guest of honor.
Manjit Singh, president of the Council, highlighted the importance of World Elders’ Day and the need to provide sense of dignity, respect, healthy society, and other mental and social responsibility towards senior citizens. Raj Sharma, Prof Sarla Kohli, S N Kaul and R K Kakroo, Dr Surjeet Singh, B L Rawal and Jugal Mahajan (chief patron, Mahajan Sabha) highlighted the issues, concerns and challenges faced by the elders.
Director Social Welfare, during her address to the members, took cognitions of the problems highlighted and assured of all possible help and support to the cause of senior citizens. To mark the occasion, lifetime achievement award and a citation was presented to Nirmala Chatoo, the patron of the Council for her outstanding and devoted social services and contribution to the Council.