Expressing discontent over complaints of harassment of senior citizens at tahsildar offices, Principal District and Sessions judge K. Natarajan has asked senior citizens to approach legal clinics if they faced difficulties at the hands of the tahsildar office staff.

Inaugurating the International Day of Older Persons programme organised by the district Legal Services Authorities (LSA) in association with the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment here on Tuesday, Mr. Natarajan said the LSA had set up legal clinics at the district and taluk courts.

Panel

A three-lawyer panel had been deputed to guide senior citizens and get the documentation process done.

Mr. Nataraj said apart from implementing welfare schemes, the government had enacted laws empowering the judiciary to monitor their implementation. Senior citizens should make use of such provisions in case they faced problems.

Mr. Nataraj launched the Hiriya Nagarikara Hitarakshana Okkuta, a senior citizens’ forum, on the occasion.

Demands

The okkuta, in a memorandum submitted to the district administration, demanded the setting up of separate wards for senior citizens at district and taluk hospitals and primary health centres (PHC). A majority of senior citizens found it difficult to bear the medical expenses, said the memorandum.

Ailments

It urged that senior citizens should receive help for common ailments like knee and joint pain, diabetes, eye disorders and asthma; and that a single-window system be set up for age authorisation and other statutory process at tahsildar offices.

The procedure for receiving old-age pension and other benefits should be simplified and brought under the Sakala scheme, the memorandum said.

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