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Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launching helpline dedicated to senior citizens at Altinho on Wednesday. Also seen are Chief Secretary R K Srivastava, Director General of Police T N Mohan and IGP Sunil Garg.

CM attributes issues afflicting senior citizens to diminishing joint families

PANAJI: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that the Goa police department is on the path to become people-friendly owing to its various initiatives such as steps taken against corruption, for safety of women besides the dedicated helpline service (1090) for senior citizens.

“DGP T N Mohan, IGP Sunil Garg and other police officials are doing a wonderful job. The Goa police have taken very good initiatives and in days to come, the police department will be termed as people-friendly,” said  Parsekar after launching the 24-hour helpline for senior citizens, especially, for those who live alone.

Chief Secretary R K Srivastava, Director General of Police (DGP) T N Mohan, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Garg and senior citizens were also present on the occasion at gazetted officers’ mess at

Altinho, Panaji.

“I feel the police are moving in the right direction, and I urge the senior citizens to make use of the service (helpline) judiciously. This helpline will be very much useful for the senior citizens in distress,” said Parsekar.

He attributed the issues afflicting the senior citizens to the diminishing joint family culture.

“Children’s are not looking after or caring their parents. This is happening due to nuclear family culture and it is the reality today. By starting such a helpline for the senior citizens we are not doing any favour, but is the part of the state government’s responsibility”, he said.

Mohan said, “This helpline is very important and we are emotionally attached to the concept of providing help to the senior citizens who deserve dignity and respect”

Recently Goa police as part of its anti-corruption drive had launched an email complaint service: goapolice.vigilance@nic.in and also a 24 hour-helpline 7030100000 requesting public to report incidents of extortion/corruption of the police personnel. While few days back a dedicated email service: womenhelp.goapolice@nic.in was launched wherein complaints can be lodged pertaining to crime against women besides children.

According to information, the Goa police department is in process to recruit 300 women police exclusively to cater to the women complainants.

“Women are known to take good care of the family. They can understand the family problems better and with more number of women in the police force, it will definitely improve the Goa police image” said Parsekar.

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