Vice Preisdent Venkaiah Naidu has called for promoting the age-old tradition of joint family system in the country saying this would ensure the share and care of elderly people in the society. He also suggested the renaming of the old-age homes as homes for varishta jan.
He was speaking at a function in New Delhi today to mark the International Day of Older Persons. The Vice President presented the Vayoshresta Samman awards to several eminent senior citizens, including the noted Cardiaologist Dr. P Venugopal.
Mr Naidu said the recognition of their outstanding achievements in the form of the national awards would motivate them to continue their good efforts. It would also be an encouragement to others to emulate their example.
Mr Naidu underlined the need for conducting an official survey to find the population of elderly people and making use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Ayushman Bharat health scheme.
He said the government has launched several welfare schemes for providing comprehensive healthcare and economic independence to the senior citizens.
Mr Naidu said India had an elderly population of 10.38 crore according to 2011 Census and this constituted about 8.6 per cent of the total population.
Presiding over the function, attended by hundreds of elderly people, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot gave an account of welfare programmes undertaken by his ministry for the elderly people.
This includes the Vayoshree Yojana providing wheel chairs and eye-sight glasses among other things.