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Int'l Day of Older Persons observed across Capital

NEW DELHI: From planting saplings to reading poems to a special drive for verification pertaining to the elderly, Delhi Police celebrated the International Day of Older Persons on Sunday with various different activities.
The Special Branch of Delhi Police carried out a special drive for passport verification, character verification and police clearance certificate pertaining to older persons on Sunday. 349 verifications were carried out during the drive.
"The staff took special care to be extremely courteous while interacting with the elderly, which were highly appreciated," a source said.
Meanwhile, in Shahdara, over 250 saplings were planted by senior citizens, along with police personnel, in the district.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad said that there are around 2,275 senior citizens registered with the district police. "Our beat constables regularly visit them, ask them about their problems and check security arrangement in the homes," said Prasad.
Meetings were also held in different parks in the district, where the elderly were informed about safety and security measures taken by the police.
In Outer Delhi, senior citizens were entertained by comic poets at a programme. DCP (Outer) Pankaj Singh said that safety and security of the elderly has been their priority. Earlier, several health camps had been organised in the district. According to police during the visit the police personnel checks the security of the house, Status of domestic help, whether verified or not, is ascertained.
Meanwhile, as a gift for the annual observance, the Social Welfare Department of Delhi government said that will fast-track work for building more recreation clubs for the senior citizens in the city.
"Everyone is requested to respect and take care of their parents and senior citizens," said Delhi Social Welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, adding that if one wants to lead happy old age, one must keep their old parents happy.
Gautam asked the Department to focus on recreation of the elderly through recreation clubs, many of which are non-functional.
Officials said there are nearly 111 such clubs in the city. The department has cleared grants for 46 recreation clubs already. Gautam also found that the condition of many such clubs is deplorable and their infrastructure needs to be developed. Following the whole idea of the development of the old people, Gautam urged to celebrate the senior citizen's day across the city.
Other departments of the government also came forward to celebrate the day. "On the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, our senior citizens can travel for free in all DTC and cluster buses," Delhi Transport minister Kailash Gehlot said.
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