Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: A gold coin each will be awarded to every person over 100 years of age in the Union Territory. This was an announcement made at the 11th anniversary celebrations of the Pondicherry Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association held on Sunday.

The government has many schemes aimed at the elderly and also runs old-age homes, said Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh.

Pointing out that the government also has concern about their safety, Mr. Singh said the police were taking steps to identify vulnerable older persons, especially those living alone, to frequently visit them and ensure their safety. Senior citizens may also register themselves online at the Puducherry Police Department website, he said. He congratulated association’s president S.V. Iyer on his Lifetime Achievement award from the Centre for services to the elderly people.