GUWAHATI, Aug 16: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday inaugurated the office of the Jestha Nagarik Parishad (Senior Citizen’s Forum) at Hengerabari in the city. He expressed hope that this new office would be able to fulfill the long felt need of the Parishad to have a permanent address in the city for running the organisation’s activities.
Informing that October 1 is International Day of Old Persons which has a lot of significance in today’s time, Sonowal said that the state government would celebrate this day at state level and he called upon Senior Citizen’s Forum to take a leading role in making this event a grand success in the state.
Stating that elders have always been respected in the Indian society and they are the guiding force in shaping a society’s values, the Chief Minister said that government is committed to serve the interest of the elderly section of the society so that they can live a life of dignity.
Expressing his dismay over the reported incidents of neglect of older parents by their children in the recent times, Sonowal said that if the 21st century individuals do not show respect to their parents and neglect those who gave birth to them then a value based society cannot be established. He said that Assam must become a leading example in showing respect to its older citizens and in giving them their deserved place in the society.
Hoping that the new office of Parishad would provide a platform for the senior citizens of the state to exchange their views on different matters concerning the public life, Sonowal urged the Parishad office bearers to record the feedbacks of the elderly citizens on different matters of governance and forward those opinions to the government.
Calling on the young generation of the state to commit themselves to the cause of the society with renewed vigour, Sonowal said that strong moral and spiritual values can help a society achieve its true potential.
PWD minister Parimal Suklabaidya, minister of state for social welfare Naba Kumar Doley, MP Bijoya Chakrabarty, Media Adviser to the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami, Housefed Chairman Ranjit Kumar Dass and several MLAs were also present on the occasion.