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Monday, February 15, 2010

Government of India Ignores important NGO's in Constitution of Committee to review the National Policy for Older Person (NPOP) 2010

On 28/01/2010 Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) of Government of India which looks after more then 90 million Senior Citizens has neglected and ignored important stake holders ,NGO's and organization in Constitution of Committee to review the NPOP.

We appreciate government intention to review the NPOP but it’s sad to note that only 3 People from the entire country are made part of this very important committee. Also government has failed to communicate this with important stake holders, Go’s working for /with Elderly, its looks like close door appointments’. This creates suspicion in government intention.

There are important organisation People all over India who are actively working for /with for Senior Citizens and their rights, ignoring them will be big mistake. Already the earlier NPOP which was formulate in 1999 could not be adopted and implemented for more than 11 years and now there was need to review the NPOP due to changed scenario of society and need of elderly.

Some of Important NGO's /Organisation which have been ignored are:
AISCCON - All India Senior Citizens Confederation
Association of Gerontology (India) (AGI)
Society for Serving Seniors
Alzheimer's and Related Disorder Society of India (ARDSI)
Harmony For Silver Foundation
International Longevity Center - India ( ILC-I)
Nightingale Medical Trust
Silver Inning Foundation
Center for Research on Ageing,Dept of Psychology,Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse , India
Indian Association of Geriatric Mental Health (IAGMH)
University of Third Age , U3A India
The All India Central Government Pensioners Association
Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj
All India Central Confederation of Pensioner Association
Agewell Foundation
Anugraha India
Indian Academy of Geriatrics
Development, Welfare and Research Foundation (DWRF)
The Family Welfare Agency

Professional Organisation like:
Indian Medical Association (IMA)
Financial expert
Legal expert
Nursing Council
Indian Council of Social Science Research
TISS (Tata Institute of Social Science)
Medical Council of India
Indian Medical Association

Most important is the view of common Senior Citizens of India - poll, survey, debate, etc could be an effective method to know the practical needs of man on the street.

If government of India is serious about making an realistic NPOP which will benefit different segment of Elderly - young Old, Old Old , Very Old then it should have progressive and positive mindset and include important stake holders and Senior Citizens themselves.

Silver Inning Foundation strongly demands Ministry of MSJE to reconstitute/ extend the current committee to other very important stake holders for the benefits of millions of Elderly in India, please have inclusive policy and don't discriminate the NGO's and other important stake holders. We raise our objection on constituting of current small committee. An urgent step in this regards will be appreciated or else we will launch our nationwide protest.

Let’s work together for Right of Elderly.

Sailesh Mishra
Founder President - Silver Inning Foundation
Founder Secretary - ARDSI Greater Mumbai Chapter

15th Feb 2010

Forget yourself for others, and others will never forget you.


saahilk said...

It's rather unfortunate that the elderly people are neglected in India. I was reading an article on the Jaago Re site the other day. This article mentioned that there are over 100 million elderly people (65 plus)in India. The astonishing figure is that just 1 million people are being taken care of!

vyasa said...

I agree that the committee does not have representatives from all stakeholders. I am sure public debates and discussions are planned as a part of revision task. Meanwhile How about immediately collecting suggestions and consolidate the same from SilverInnings and send it to EVERYONE in the present committee such they may not ignore the main points? We will be doing this from APSCCON.

Silver Innings said...

Yes we will take suggestion from various forums and also from Senior Citizens and compile it.

But we are not opposing the committee but the system which is not transparent.

We can also lodge an Online poll/survey in joint effort with organization like SSS Global and Silver Innings.

vyasa said...

Let us make a comprehensive list of suggestions for additions, deletions in NPOP; group them broadly if there are too many. Ask people to select, what according to them, is important to be considered by GOI. Consolidate those views and present it as a report. If you get raw data (Suggestions) I can set up the online survey.

Silver Innings said...

That is great Idea.
We both should do Online Survey and also some ground survey say each city does 50/25 people on ground by SSS / SI members.

We will also host it on our website and blogs.

We have writing to MSJE about recommendation for last 2 years I can try to compile it and the forward it to you.

Also we will meet on 25th Feb at ARDSI- NISD ,Hyderabad and finalize things.

Iam looking forward for this existing collaboration between us for welfare of Elderly.

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