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Rights awareness campaign for Senior Citizens launched

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GOACAN volunteers will help senior citizens “read their rights” and “write their complaints”.– File Photo: N. Sridharan
GOACAN volunteers will help senior citizens “read their rights” and “write their complaints”.– File Photo: N. Sridharan

Consumer rights body GOACAN has launched a Senior Citizens Rights Awareness campaign to focus on the various issues faced by elderly people in the State and the redressal avenues available to them.

The campaign will focus on the need for a Crime Prevention Plan by Goa Police to benefit senior citizens and the facilities offered to them at the Urban and Primary Health Centres by the Directorate of Health Services.

The month-long campaign was kicked off yesterday on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons.

Adequate number of clean toilets in public spaces, seating facilities at bus stands, availability of magnifying glasses in shops, supermarkets and pharmacies, and the effective use of reserved seats in buses for senior citizens, are some of the issues that would be highlighted during the campaign that will run through October, said coordinator of GOACAN Roland Martins.

Emphasis would be given to the importance of consumer literacy with activities by GOACAN volunteers to help senior citizens “read their rights” and “write their complaints”.

GOACAN volunteers would also highlight the issues faced by Senior Citizens at the imminent Gram Sabhas in October so that proper interventions and effective solutions are forthcoming from the respective village panchayats.

The campaign would also focus on ageing as an urban development issue in order to obtain an adequate response from the Chairpersons and Chief Officers of the various Municipal Councils.

The campaign would also promote the importance and benefits of the Senior Citizens cards issued by the Directorate of Social Welfare as well as the provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and Goa Rules 2009.

Senior Citizens are requested to send copies of their Complaints by post to GOACAN, Post Box 187, Margao – 403601 and email them to goacan@gmail.com.


  • The month-long campaign by GOACAN will work with various government departments to increase awareness

  • Emphasis would be given to the importance of consumer literacy, health and safety of senior citizens


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