The LDF Government in Kerala is fully committed to the cause of the senior citizens in the state. It has introduced a project ‘Vayomitram’ (meaning friendly to senior citizens), through which all the senior citizens are provided with facilitates comprising free medicine, counselling, free mobile clinic treatment etc. All those above 60 years and who have no other pension are paid Rs. 1,100 monthly pension which is paid at their homes. Old age homes are provided in all the districts at government expense.
Today, I got the chance to attend a Work Shop for Senior Citizens organised by the state government in Kozhikode. More than 500 senior citizens participated. Local MP, Mayor, Dist. Panchayath President, MLA, Police Officeers and may other dignitaries participated. The various issues of the senior citizens were presented by experts. Many old people explained the hardships they are being faced, including desertion by their children. The laws protecting the senior citizens were explained.
It was a good experience. I could also meet a lot of seniors who distinguished them selves in various fields. (the photos are from all parts of India)