Ministry for Senior Citizens Welfare in India.-profitable deployment welfare of elderly
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The socio economic condition prevailing in the country has made it impossible for the elderly to retire at 58-60 years.Even then senior citizens are being forced to retire to face a bleak economic future.
It is absolutely necessary to provide employment to most senior citizens up to 70 to 75 years.Government schemes and development projects have a scope to accommodate the elderly in suitable positions.The vast experience and wisdom of senior citizens must be used beneficially by the country.However there seems to be no such thought process.The primary reason being the Babus look after each other before and after retirement in plum positions both inside and outside India.Not only that,the Babus are mostly corrupt and have amassed wealth much beyond their legal income.Politicians and the Babus work for each other in securing their present and future including future of their progenies for several generations.In this situation the elderly have no appeal from the Babus and politicians who dont suffer but prosper in their old ages.
It is therefore extremely pertinent that a ministry is created which should not be headed /manned by IAS or people from services but by citizens in the corporate and NGO sectors.
The Ministry for Senior Citizens could:
-address problems with regard to deployment of qualified,experienced and able bodied senior citizens as long as they are ready to work and contribute towards national development.Monitoring and evaluation of projects could be important area for senior citizen deployment.Government servants should not be al;lowed to corner such positions,which is being done today,
-Government must bulild dorimitories as well as paid places for elderly couples in healtht scenic environment.
-income tax rebate must be offered to senior citizens to help them live a descent life with dignity and health.
-fixed deposits and other bonds must be offered to senior citizens with high interest returns to facilitate descent income.
-corporate sectors who have lots of retired employees must be prodded to offer pension to already retired employees and bulild corpus for retiring employees.
A ministry need be created by next budget to address welfare issues of senior citizens all over the country.
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