Senior citizens to organise stir on May 2

ST Correspondent
Monday, 30 April 2018

Arun Rode said, “We have several demands which include formation of an action committee, inclusion of senior citizens in the General Budget, re-opening of closed old age homes, an amount of Rs 1,500 per month for every senior citizen and introduction of a helpline with a designated officer.”

PUNE: The Senior Citizens’ Association of Maharashtra will hold a rally and a hunger strike on May 2, pressing for demands pending since 2015. The rally will be held simultaneously at the district collectorate office, tehsildar office and regional office in the city.

Arun Rode, chief secretary of the association, said, “We have several demands which include formation of an action committee, inclusion of senior citizens in the General Budget, re-opening of closed old age homes, an amount of Rs 1,500 per month for every senior citizen and introduction of a helpline with a designated officer.”

He added, “Senior citizens have been deprived of many facilities that are important for them. We have dealt with many cases where old people aged 80 to 90 doesn’t have any financial support and have to beg on the street. The government must take some initiative for such problems.”

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