A special scheme will be evolved to make use of the experience of senior citizens wherever it is necessary in government projects, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Speaking after inaugurating the World Senior Citizens Day programme organised by the Department of Senior Citizens Empowerment at the Ravindra Kalakshethra here on Saturday, he said the suggestions and guidance of senior citizens would be taken to build the State.
Hike in pension
Mr. Bommai said the pension for the physically challenged and senior citizens was increased after he became the Chief Minister. The health check-up of persons above 60 years of age is done twice a year and in case of health issues, the cost of treatment will be borne by the government. Free eye check-up is held in the State.
“For those who are above 60 years , free medical tests are conducted twice a year. In case of any medical problems, the State government bears the treatment cost,” the Chief Minister said. He said free eye testing facilities and free spectacles will be provided for senior citizens. The State government has reserved ₹500 crore for providing medical assistance to senior citizens with hearing disability. Dialysis and chemotherapy facilities have been enhanced, and 12 new cancer centers will be opened soon, he said.
Mr. Bommai lamented the growing number of old age homes in the State. “It is very unfortunate that family values are deteriorating. Families sending their elder members to old age homes is a worrying trend. People should value human relations,” he said.