Senior Citizen Security System
Such persons may have economic security lack physical security and maintenance help.
While maintenance help can be provided by NGOs and business services, security is an issue which needs to be attended by the State.
It is therefore suggested that a “Senior Citizen Security System” be developed which will provide for registration of senior citizens, continuous monitoring of their welfare through CCTV monitoring of the house (on request) and providing a call center for rushing help when required.
Additionally, in order to provide economic security, senior citizens must be exempted from income tax, provided with higher rates of interest on Bank deposits and tax exemptions for Vriddhaashram contributions as well as maintenance payments made by children to their parents. more
Keeping the above into consideration, a suitable policy is required. This would require tax breaks for children who pay maintenance to their parents, contributions they make to vriddhashrams (old age homes) or destitute care centers. NGO s need to take care of the facilities. Government can support them by some incentives.
The facilities are meant for old people who come with their baggage of dogmas and beliefs. If they have to be given a peaceful life during the last days, some of these dogmas and beliefs need to be tolerated and digested. As a result there would be need to separate vegetarian and non vegetarian facilities, as well as people of different religious faiths and beliefs. These are to be treated as a psychological requirement of the age group and should not be treated as "Communal". NGOs can serve such requirements well since they can find people with dedication prepared to serve specific communitites.
Overall we may say that the task is not simple and not limited to providing higher interest on bank deposits to senior citizens or bus/train passes etc but require a more comprehensive "Welfare measures".
government of the day never bothers because the destitutes do not belong to minority community. Our Modiji has to necessarily address this issue. May Lord Krishna give him the required will and strength. more