MARGAO: The Aam Aadmi Party’s Women’s Front of Goa on Saturday announced that it would be taking up senior citizens’ issues and concerns by organising dialogues across the state.
Speaking to media, Goa convener Shraddha Khalap said, “Senior citizens in Goa face a plethora of challenges, ranging from abandonment, poor physical and mental healthcare and support, lack of understanding of old age issues, absence of any form of social security, poorly functioning old age homes and absence of caregivers.”
Furthermore, the North Goa co-convener Iona Fernandes added that though the law permitted for senior citizens to be cared for, the ground reality does not reflect what is on paper.
The AAP senior citizens dialogue series will invite, and visit the senior population across the state, beginning from September 11, following which a charter of demands will be placed before the government.
“Today in the state, between 30 and 35 per cent of the population is above the age of 60 to 65 years. And, most of them face day-to-day problems. We will begin South Goa dialogues, which will begin from September 12 and continue till September 17. We invite elders to sit and talk with our group that includes counselors and psychiatrists,” said Fernandes.
The members pointed to issues ranging from the functioning and condition of government-run old age homes.
The old-age homes, which are in abysmal condition, lack senior citizen-friendly infrastructure, and so is a matter of great concern, they said.
The AAP wing is demanding setting up of state commission for the aged on the lines of the State Commission for Women and Children.
Based on the outcome of the dialogues, the AAP also plans to initiate special cells in the state dedicated to senior citizens, which will be launched on World Elders’ Day on October 1, with the aim of mitigating concerns of the aging population in the state.