Senior citizens feeling neglected by their wards can prefer complaints with the Collector or the Revenue Divisional Officer

The district administration will make arrangements for a counselling session with the wards who abandon their parents, said Jayashree Muralidharan, District Collector. It is mandatory for the youth to take care of their parents. Legal provisions have been enacted to protect the rights of the elders. Senior citizens feeling neglected by their wards can prefer complaints with the Collector or the Revenue Divisional Officer, said Ms.Muralidharan at the World Elders Day celebration organised by the State social welfare department here on Friday.

The officials will initiate action for arriving at a solution through counselling with the wards. In this context, she explained the legal provisions protecting the elders’ rights through monthly maintenance by the wards. Although the government and the service organisations offered services through the home for the aged, the youth should realise their responsibility towards their parents.

Ms.Muralidharan honoured three inmates of Vidivelli home for the aged – Danalakshmi (95), Ammani Ammal (97) and Subbammal (90). The Collector also gave away prizes to the winners of the various competitions held in connection with the day.

K.Yasodha, District Social Welfare Officer, G.Dharmaraj, lawyer, spoke. A free medical camp was conducted for the benefit of senior citizens.