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Legal, financial rights awareness for elderly

Legal, financial rights awareness for elderly
Nilondra Tanya, Rumi, K. Ela and the elderly attendees of the programme.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/21/2018 11:40:41 AM IST

A legal, financial and rights awareness programme for elderly people was conducted at Diezephe village by HelpAge India – Adopt a granny programme, in collaboration with Prodigals’ Home on August 20.

A press release from Prodigals’ Home stated that, Nilondra Tanya, state head North East, HelpAge India (HAI) facilitated the programme. He said that Assam was the first state in India to enact an act known as the Pranam Act 2017, which made it mandatory for persons employed in the government sector to take care of their aging parents, disabled and unmarried siblings. While sharing on the Assam state policy for senior citizens adopted by the state in 2016, he hoped that Nagaland would also draft and adopt a policy for its elderly soon. 

He also dwelt at length about Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Seniors Act, 2007 and AdvantAge card; the card offers discounts, for persons aged above 50, from retail associates on various products, services and facilities ranging from health and wellness to holiday homes. He also stressed on the importance of media houses on creating awareness about the rights and facilities for the elderly. 

The oldest granny amongst the elderly participants, Diezephe village ex-chairman, Murise village VC chairman and Prodigals’ Home staff present in the programme were acknowledged by the HAI representative with traditional Assamese Gamuchas. 

 

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