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Acknowledging services rendered by elderly people
Correspondent/ Staff Reporter /Dipr KOHIMA, OCT 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Oct. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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‘International Day of Older Persons’ was celebrated in various parts of the state on Friday. In Kohima the day was celebrated at Red Cross Building with Deo Nukhu, adviser art and culture, science and technology and new and renewable energy department as the chief guest.
Deo Nukhu in his speech appealed to all people to realize the need to take care of the welfare of the elderly.
He presented “distinguished senior citizen award 2010” to two outstanding personalities Rano M. Shaiza, ex-MP and K. Peseyie, retired director of school education/ sports and youth services.
Deo said the auspicious day provided an opportunity to acknowledge the wisdom and dignity contributed by older persons to the society and to re-dedicate to their well being.
He also briefed on various schemes implemented by department of social welfare for the poor and needy senior citizens like Indira Gandhi National Old Age pension Scheme (IGNOAP) where reportedly around 40,462 senior citizens below poverty line beneficiaries and above 65 years of age were provided `300/- pm as old age pension.
Nukhu also said grant-in-aid was provided to deserving NGOs for running old age homes in the district headquarters for proper care and protection of destitute and neglected senior citizens.
He said that at present, there were five old age homes in the districts of Kohima, Mokokchung, Dimapur, Mon and Wokha.
Earlier he also flagged off the walkathon from old MLA Hostel Junction to the Red Cross Building.
The chief guest also declared the essay competition open which was held on the topic ‘Social responsibilities towards our parents and senior citizens’ (800 words) for all premier high schools of Nagaland (Class IX & X).
The significance of the day was highlighted by Nagaland Senior Citizens Forum Executive Member Dr. S. Imkong Tushi Ao.
Ao said it would be significant if the government and department provided Annapurna scheme, medical facilities, provide separate queues for older persons in government hospitals for registration and examination and geriatric wards with doctors trained in geriatric care and concessionary, provide at least two reserved seats for senior citizens and concessionary fares in NST buses and recreation centers for senior citizens and old age homes.
The function waschaired by Nagaland Senior Citizens Forum President H. Hesso, invocation prayer by Rev. Tsolie Chase and vote of thanks by additional director, OSD, social welfare, Khevito T. Shohe.
DIMAPUR: In Dimapur the day was marked with felicitating three senior citizens who have rendered distinguished services to the society. Recipients of the award included president, United Women Welfare Organization, Daisy Yaden (84 years), S.P Wetsah (79 years) proprietor of Nagaland Children Home and Rev. Suhovi Chophy (87 years).
The programme held at tribal welfare complex, Diphupar was jam-packed with 420 attending the celebration.
Organizers were taken by surprise seeing the jam-packed hall, balcony, corridor, stairs and additional rooms filled with mostly octogenarians and nonagenarians. Dimapur ADC Sedevikho Khro speaking on the occasion as the chief guest reiterated the government’s commitment towards welfare of the elderly and said the department would ensure that services rendered by elderly people would be given due recognition in the society.
Acknowledging the presence of elderly people, Sedevikho said “wisdom comes through age” and encouraged the gathering to persistently guide the society through their knowledge.
Infusing energy into an otherwise somber programme, Daisy Yaden, a primary level Sunday School teacher since 1986 and also the president of United Women Welfare Organization formed in 1976, boosted the confidence of her counterparts by challenging them not to accept old age as an end but to work in whatever they were interested in, and contribute for the welfare of the society as long as they were hale and hearty. She urged them to do away with “I am old now” syndrome and that age should not deter one from doing what he/she wants to do.
The other recipient, S.P Wetsah proprietor of Nagaland Children Home in the year 1972 has more than 3000 orphans under his care. Since 1961 he has been actively involved in social works in various capacities, while Rev. Suhovi Chophy has been serving as a pastor for 42 years in five villages since the year since 1952.
Earlier, at the programme, invocation was pronounced by Wozamo, ex pastor, DPO Dimapur Tutula Pongen welcomed the gathering and highlighted on the significance of day, short speeches were delivered by Rongsen Ao, secretary pensioners association Dimapur, rights of senior citizens was highlighted by Khehoto assistant director, Dr. Caroline spoke on healthy and productive living while presentation of awards was presided by DPO Tosheli Zhimo (CDPO Niuland).
Besides treating the elderly persons with tea and snacks, free medical check up was also conducted by the Rotary Club Dimapur.
It may be noted that the department of social welfare has been celebrating the occasion every year by organizing series of programmes for the welfare of senior citizens.
KIPHIRE: International Day of Older Persons was celebrated in Kiphire at Hopongkyu Memorial Hall with more than hundred elderly persons from Kiphire attending the programme.
Highlights of the programme included key note by Nitovi Sumi CDPO Kiphire, short speech by Yangkimong Hd. GB Kiphire and C.M.Tsanglao Deputy Commissioner Kiphire and Vote of thanks by S.Yesumong Supervisor CDPO Office Sitimi. DC Kiphire C.M Tsanglao also donated `500/- each to four elderly people who attended the programmee.
WOKHA: Wokha district observed the day at Lotha Tribal Council Hall organized by the District Welfare Office Wokha. CDPO Wozhuro Ralan, Sorenthung Kikon while addressing the gathering said the day was observed to acknowledge the services, achievements rendered towards the society by the elders.
While stating that the society needs their suggestions and opinions, he urged those present to share their views, experiences and guide the younger generation for a better tomorrow. Chairman Senior Citizens Forum, Wokha, highlighted about the activities of SCF Wokha, where he stated that Senior Citizens Forum Wokha was one of the oldest SCF in Nagaland, formed on October 24, 1994 with 7 members.
The district welfare officer gave commendations awards for Social Service to Likao Odyuo, Chairman SCF Wokha and Yanasali Mozhui senior most citizen (women). DWO, Wokha E. Yanrenthung chaired the function while secretary SCF, Wokha Chanchio proposed the vote of thanks.
ZUNHEBOTO: The 3rd annual general session of Nagaland Citizens Forum Zunheboto unit was held on Friday, coinciding with International Day of Older Persons Youth Hall Zunheboto.
DC Zunheboto Kiheto Sema who graced the occasion as chief guest urged the crowd to thank God for being blessed with good health and longevity. He also highlighted about the governmental schemes such as Annapurna, AIY, old age pension including a pension that is provided for retired government servants.
He further requested the gathering to report on any misuse in these schemes so that the authority could initiate on the defaulters. Presidential address was delivered by H.S. Rotokha, president, SCF Zunheboto unit, speech on affairs of SCF by DWO, Zunheboto Shikto Achumi and annual finance report by treasurer SCF Zunheboto Ghokishe. Presentation to the oldest person in the society was given to Scato Swu (87 years) Ex-MP of Imtsügho village and Yihoshe Kinimi (97 years) of Lumami village.

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