Centre to rope in NGOs to take care of senior citizens
Delhi: To look after the elderly people living alone at their homes, the Centre has decided to engage Non-Government Organisations (NGO). With the help of the NGOs, the government seeks to reach out to such people with basic facilities.
An announcement to this effect came during the ongoing debate in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
Answering a question, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said that a scheme would be implemented with the help of the NGOs.
"We are going to bring a new law. Under this law, we will ensure that senior citizens living alone at home get day care facilities. They would be provided with newspapers, breakfast, lunch and other recreational facilities," Gehlot said in Rajya Sabha.
"We are also working on a scheme for providing certain care and facilities to them in their homes with the help of NGOs," he added.
While replying to a question on the facilities provided by the government for the elderly, Rajya Sabha member Dalwai said that 64 per cent of senior citizens live in cities and many of them are lonely as a result of which they suffer from depression.