Governments must come out with schemes that would enable elderly citizens to lead a peaceful and happy life, said eminent gynaecologist Purna Chandra Mahapatra.
Speaking on the occasion of International Day for Older Persons on Monday, Prof. Mahapatra, a former president of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), said that owing to advancements in medicine, the number of elderly citizens in the country were on the rise.
Their desire to live happily and peacefully after attaining age 60 was not getting fulfilled for a number of reasons. In this situation, the government could, apart from giving them concessions in rail and bus fares, announce schemes that would enable the elderly to avail of food. The government should also lend a helping hand to encourage institutions running old-age homes, said Prof. Mahapatra.
The function was organized by the ASM Trust at the Krishna Sannidhi - a second home for needy senior citizens at Sangankal.
Prof. Mahapatra commended the initiative taken by Dr. Rathna Suyagna, Director, Krishna Sannidhi, towards providing care and support to the senior citizens.
Vishweshwar Bhat, principal District and Session Judge, planted trees to mark the occasion and also inaugurated ‘sneha dhama’ at the Krishna sannidhi precincts.
Theatre personality Subhadramma Mansur and Prof. Mohapatra were honoured on the occasion.
The government should lend a helping hand to encourage institutions running old-age homes