GUWAHATI, Oct 1: With rest of the world, the International Day of Older Persons was also observed in Guwahati with a daylong programme on October 1. The programme was jointly organised by the Social Welfare Department and the Senior Citizen Welfare Council of the State at the Convention Centre of the PWD Department, Dispur.
Speaking on the occasion, Assam Minister of State (Indp) for Social Welfare Naba Kumar Doley highlighted the contributions of older persons towards a enlightened society and reiterated the Governments vision to give recognition to the elder persons as well as the measures taken for the welfare of the elder section of the society. In his speech, the Minister elaborately highlighted various aspects of the ‘’ Assam Employees Pranam Bill” and said for proper implementation of the programme the Government has already initiated required steps so the elderly persons should get the benefit out of the same. The Minister further informed that Old Age Homes will be established in all the District Headquarters in a phased manner.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary of the Social Welfare Department Alok Saharia said the Government is determined to provide all facilities to the senior citizens in respects of social, financial and health etc.
Chairperson of the Senior Citizen Welfare Council of Assam Harekrishna Bharali in his speech stressed on providing identity card to all the senior citizens of the state so that all senior citizen be able to get the benefit of the Government.
Earlier, Vice Chairman of the Senior Citizen Welfare Council of Assam Gauranga Prasad Das in his introductory speech highlighted various provisions of the Government for the welfare of the senior citizens in the state.
In this connection a technical session was also held wherein Dr. Swarup Kumar Baruah, Dr. Jayanta Das and Habibul Haque elaborately discussed about various issues on the health and legal aspects related to the elderly section of the society.