The Confederation of Voluntary Organisations (COVA) has begun a campaign in parts of the twin cities to educate the citizens about obtaining various identity cards issued by government departments. Details of the card and its entitlements will be published in these columns in the forthcoming days.

The series will begin with the ‘Aasra’ cards issued to senior citizens above 60 years by the GHMC.

These cardholders are entitled for free entry and wheel chair facility in the GHMC parks and concessions in select corporate hospitals.

Also the card entitles preference to senior citizens in public places, APSRTC buses and GHMC service centres. This apart, it helps one in availing medical and day care facility, shelter homes, physical aids, counselling and old age pension.

One can apply for the card by filling in an application form available on ‘’ and submitting it along with two photographs, proof of age and residence either in person or through post to Project Director, Aasra Card, first floor, NTPC building near Hari Hara Kala Bhavan, Secunderabad. For assistance one can call GHMC helpline 155304 or COVA on 040-24572984.

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