BHOPAL : Home minister Babulal Gaur, speaking at a seminar organised at Academy of Administration in the city on Wednesday, said that people in today’s culture have forgotten social service and commercialisation has taken place because of which people are not coming forward for the help, safety and respect of senior citizens.

The seminar was organised on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on the topic ‘Rights of Senior Citizens’.

Gaur asked police officials from various districts to maintain record of senior citizens in police stations. Collectors and SPs should minutely study maintenance Act and take initiative for the welfare of senior citizens who are alone. Gaur said the laws made for senior citizens must be widely publicized. The home minister emphasised on education for knowledge, fulfilling one’s duty earnestly and promotion of social services. He also released a book, featuring various schemes run by Senior Citizens Welfare Commission.

Social Justice Minister Gopal Bhargava, presiding over the programme, said there are two aspects as far as rights of senior citizens are concerned. The legal aspect would be looked after by the government but the society has to fulfil the moral aspect. He said it is everyone’s moral responsibility to remove the problems of senior citizens. Bhargava also stressed on implementation of laws made for the welfare of senior citizens.

Minister Bhargava also gave away prizes to school students for speaking on the topic. The first prize was given to Rishika Nema of Subhash School while Saurabh Shukla of the same school got the second prize. Ayush of Model School took the third prize. Sarvesh Mishra of Model School and Varsha Sahu of Kamla Nehru School were given consolation prizes.

Senior Citizens’ Commission Chairman VG Dharmadhikari said senior citizens need respect and affection more than only the fulfilment of basic needs. He said affection and respect could be given to them through public awareness.

Additional chief secretary Aruna Sharma said the shortcomings found in survey of Ashrams related to senior citizens would be removed.

Director General of Police Surendra Sinh said special instructions have been issued to police stations in accordance with the Act.

Commission’s Secretary Vinod Kumar, Dr Subhash Sharma, Anil Pare, Sanskriti Khare also spoke in the seminar. SP Anita Malviya and DSP SS Lally were present on the occasion.

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