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Centre committed to welfare of elderly people, says Gehlot

In an effort to make the lives of the elderly in India safe and comfortable, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday said that the government will ensure that the 500 programmes in place will be successfully implemented and that pension for them is dispensed timely.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to address the issue of the elderly. The ministry will not only sustain the 500 programmes that are being implemented across the country for the elderly, but will also ensure pension for the elderly,” Gehlot said while speaking at a conference in Delhi on ‘Ageing India’s elderly: Dignity, Health and Security’, organised by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Also present at the event were Sudhir Bargava, secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Anoop Kumar Srivastava, special secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment and senior officials of the ministry.

“We are working closely with senior citizens from all classes in the society. There are various provisions for them like care centres. There could also be day care centres for them, which would be optional and if they wish to stay on, they can do so as well,” he told Millennium Post.

Gehlot said that his ministry is committed to the overall welfare of the elderly in the country. He also appreciated the efforts of various organisations involved in uplifting and helping the elderly.
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