Dimapur, August 23: A legal, financial and rights awareness programme for elderly people was conducted at Diezephe village on August 20 by HelpAge India – Adopt a granny programme in collaboration with Prodigals’ Home. Nilondra Tanya, State Head-North East, HelpAge India (HAI) facilitated the programme.
Tanya informed that Assam is the first state in India to enact an Act known as Pranam Act 2017 wherein it is mandatory for persons employed in the Government sector to maintain their aging parents, disabled and unmarried siblings. While sharing about 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 to create 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 program were acknowledged by the HAI representative with Assamese traditional Gamucha. (Page News Service)