Senior Citizens Council of Delhi
These warm welcomes everywhere could only be possible through the untiring and personal efforts of Shri. J.R. Gupta, Our President, which can not be forgetten till our life.
The delegation members thank him and request to make such tours in India and abroad in future also.
Any person who is anxious to visit historical, religious places in India and Mauritius can contact Shri. J.R. Gupta, President of Council at Mobile No. 9810488059.
4 members delegation of Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations
of Delhi met Thawaar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister, Social Justice &
Empowerment, Govt. of India in his office on 11-07-2017 led by its Chairperson
J.R. Gupta. The other members were Y.N. Sharma, D.K. Sangal and Pradeep
Senior Citizen Council of Delhi has income tax exemption certificate under Section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961.
|A 4 members delegation of Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi met Thawaar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister, Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India in his office on 11-07-2017 led by its Chairperson J.R. Gupta. The other members were Y.N. Sharma, D.K. Sangal and Pradeep Kumar. The delegation members shown their concern about delay in processing the case at the level of Ministry for holding Walkathon at India Gate on International Day of Older Persons. The Minister assured the delegation members that he has already approved the proposal and Walkathon would be held this year. He also informed that a proposal is under consideration for formulation of a scheme for Aadhar Based Smart Card for Senior Citizens which would contain all relevant details including health related information.|
Shri. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi was Chief Guest. Guests of Honour were Sh. Ramniwas Goel, Speaker, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, Sh. Rajendra Pal Gautam, Sh. Methew Cherian, CEO, Help Age India and Sh. Ramesh Agarwal. While welcoming Guests and Members, J R Gupta, Chairperson, Confederation expressed gratitude to Sh. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister and the then Social Welfare MInister for taking personal initiative for the acceptance of various demands of the Confederation in 2 meetings held with the Confederation Members on 07/11/2016 and 13/02/2017, such as initiation of process for the formulation of Delhi State Commission for Senior Citizens and increase of 1 Lakh beneficiaries for Old Age Pension including enhancement of Old Age Pension from Rs. 2000/- and Rs. 2500/- per month at the age of upto 69years and 70years and above respectively.
He further told that other various demands such as issue of identity cards to Senior Citizens by Social Welfare Deptt. like Maharashra and Goa Govts. free pilgrimage tours across the country for 400 senior citizens in 2 years having each batch 50 persons, Separate helpline for Senior Citizens, enhancement of recreation grants from Rs. 20,000/- to Rs 30,000/- per month having recreation centers and from Rs 10,000/- to Rs. 15,000/- per month without recreation centers to eligible SCAs on the grounds that such revision was earlier approved in April, 2011, free travel in DTC buses, exclusive coach in Delhi Metro, free health care. All such issues were recorded in the aforesaid Minutes of Meetings, but its implementations are still awaited. A Memorandum to this effect was also handed over to Chief Minister by J R Gupta. Chief Minister announced that all the demands would be met by Delhi Govt. very shortly, as formulation of Commission of Senior Citizens is already under process and one meeting of Draft Committee has already been held. His Govt. has already ordered to provide free treatment to all senior citizens even in private hospitals. He categorically assured all the senior citizens present that his Govt. is committed for a safe secured and dignified life. He also launched Senior Citizens Apps of Confederation which would provide Emergency Help to vulnerable senior citizens across Delhi regarding protection from humiliations / abuses at the hands of their own children and others. Sh. Ramniwas Goel, Speaker, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, also spoke and stressed the need to encourage younger generations to respect and take care of their elders. Sh. Rajendra Pal Gautam, Social Welfare Minister, assured the audience to convene a meeting with Confederation Members shortly to meet with their pending above referred issues. On this occasion, a Fashion Show was also performed by the Members of Council which was well appreciated by Chief Minister of Delhi. J R Gupta and his members felicitated all the Guests with Pagri, Shawl and Memento as a respect and regards. The function concluded with Vote of Thanks by Sh. B S Yadav, Secy. General, followed by refreshments.
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi organized joint-birthday of its 12 members falling in the month of June, 2017 at Recreation Centre, Green Park Extension on 25/06/2017 in the presence of more than 150 senior citizens. All were felicitated with garland, shawl, gift and a refreshment packet as a token of respect and regards. Many senior citizens recited songs, poems and jokes which were very well enjoyed by all present including members enthralled the audience. All present were appreciating the arrangements and respect shown to them by Council headed by its President J.R. Gupta who also extended them Birthday greetings and thanked them for their participation in large numbers. The function concluded with distribution of Souvenir 2017, Elderly News for the month of June 2017 and refreshment packets to all present.
|On the occasion of World Elders Abuse Awareness Day, Senior Citizens Council of Delhi organized Interaction Session with DCP (South) on 15-06-2017 at Recreation Centre, Green Park Extension. New SHO Safdarjung Enclave Sh.Subhash Malik was also present along with his staff. The members from different parts of South Delhi under the jurisdiction of DCP (South) interacted and shared their grievances mainly encroachments on footpaths, unauthorised bus parkings, regular visits by beat constables at the residences of lonely Senior Citizens and other concerns relating to safety and security of life & property. While welcoming, Sh.Ishwar Singh, DCP (South), J.R.Gupta ,President, introduced Sh.Subhash Malik, new SHO, Safdarjung Enclave ,who joined only on 14-06-2017 evening. After hearing the concerns of the members, DCP (South) assured to take remedial measures by SHO at the earliest and can meet him, in case their grievances are not redressed within 7-10 days. He also assured to meet after every three months regularly to know the feedback from the members so that he could issue necessary directions to concerned SHOs. New SHO also assured to interact with the members as and when required on regular basis. L.R.Garg, Secretary, felicitated DCP (South) & SHO along with Dinesh Kumar Sangal, Incharge & J.R.Gupta followed by refreshments.|
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi organised drawing competition of 18 children on Swachh Bharat on the occasion of International Environment Day, May 2017, consisting of three age groups:4-6 , 6-11 & 11-15 . Smt. Asha Yadav & Sonia Ahuja ( Judges ) declared first , second , and third prizes in each group.During Annual Day celebrations at Deer Park , Chief Guest Sh. Amarendra Khatua , DG, ICCR presented certificates of merits to the winners with gifts . Consolation prizes were also given to remaining 9 children followed by refreshments.
J.R. Gupta, Chairperson, Confederation while thanking the guests, informed the audience that this is the first Senior Citizen meet with Delhi Police (Eastern Range) on a very large scale and suggested to organize such meets regularly in future. He further, stated that as per National Policy of Older Persons 1999, media has a vital role to create awareness about extending financial and health security for Senior Citizens on regular basis by the Govt. of India and Govt. of Delhi. The main aims of the Senior Citizens Council of Delhi and Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi are to protect lonely Senior Citizens from abuses / humiliations at the hands of their own children and others. A good number of such cases have already been solved even without the assistance of Delhi Police. In addition to this, the Council has its own Recreation Centre, Green Park Extension in which various free facilities are being provided daily such as :- Physiotherapy, Computer Training, Yoga Classes, consultation by doctors, health checkup camps, indoor games, library and Daily Spiritual Discourses by eminent speakers. All such activities are being carried out to keep them free from loneliness.
A special Fashion Show by the members of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi was also performed headed by Mrs. Bulbul Sawhney to generate awareness to other fellow senior citizens present in the audience which was appreciated by arousing applause by the audience. Out of 32 participants, the Committee of Judges headed by Sanjay Ambshta, Supdt. Tihar Jail HQ declared winners first ( Mr. Naresh Pandey & Mrs. Anita Gupta), second ( Mr. Radhe Shyam Gupta & Mrs. Saroj Sharma) and third ( Mr. A.K.Popli & Mrs Kamlesh Popli) in male and female category respectively and all were felicitated by the Chief Guest with mementos. The other guests were Mrs. Geetanjali Ahuja and Mrs.Ranjana Maheshwari. Such shows are organized to provide an opportunity to other senior citizens to highlight their hidden talents on regular basis. The guests were also felicitated by J.R.Gupta and other members with mementos. A Kavi Sammelan was also organized including health check-up camp. The function concluded with distribution of refreshment packets.
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cards would be issued by Delhi Police to lonely senior citizens living
with their children.
BELOW: Commissioner of Police addressing senior citizens of Delhi.
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi organized International Elders Day celebrations on 01/10/2016 at Green Fields School, Safdarjung Enclave followed by dinner in which more than 900 senior citizens participated. A cultural programme was also organized by eminent artists in association with I.C.C.R.which was appreciated by all present.Shri Manish Sisodia , Dy. Chief Minister, Delhi Govt. was the Chief Guest, Shri Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police ( Crime) was the Special Guest. Shri Somnath Bharti , Area MLA was the Guest of Honor. Shri Sisodia announced that Delhi Govt has increased the number of Old Age Pension beneficaries from 3.80 lakh to 4.80 lakh with effect from 01/10/2016. He also released Souvenir 2016-17 containing useful information for the senior citizens & telephone directory to enable them to contact each other around the clock. The Chief Guest was felicitated with a Pagdi, shawl and a memento by J.R.Gupta and other members. Shri Sisiodia also appreciated the various initiatives of the Council for the cause and care of Elderly particularly protecting lonely senior citizens from abuses/humiliations from their own children and others.
On 17th Aug2016 Shri J.R. Gupta, President, Senior Citizens Council of Delhi was able to rescue Mrs. Blavinder Kaur, ( 63 years) with the help of Shri Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India & Mrs. Manjeera Khurana, Country Head Advocacy, with the additional support of Shri S.C. Verma, & other Police staff. She alleged that she was not served food properly and even beaten by her brother and his wife. After completing necessary formalities at Police Station she was shifted to old age home Johns Day Care and Boarding center at Aya Nagar, New Delhi on the same day.
On 19th Aug2016, the old age home was again inspected and found that she is getting all kinds of help including free lodging & boarding. She was also given the required counseling. At present, she is living happily & peacefully without any stress or fear.
Citizens meets New Commissioner of Police on 22nd of March 2016
A 9 members delegation of Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi ( an umbrella body of 11 lakh Senior Citizens ) led by its Chairperson J.R. Gupta, met Shri Alok Kumar Verma, New Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters today. The other members were S/Shri V.P. Gupta, A.C. Bansal, Amrit Mannan, B.S. Yadav, Chander Sachdev, R.K. Katyal, P.D. Bathla & L.R. Garg.
The members brought to his notice vital issues concerning Senior Citizens, such as :- Creation of Awareness in registration of lonely Senior Citizens with Delhi Police and Parents and Senior Citizens Maintenance Act 2007. A suggestion was made by Shri J.R. Gupta that he would organize a good gathering of Senior Citizens at Deer Park on Sunday, the 10th April, 2016 in the morning. The Commissioner accepted our invitation
By virtue of MOU since 2006 between Senior Citizens Council of Delhi and
Senior Citizens Council of Mauritius in order to promote exchange of views
of groups of Elderly, 13 members Mauritius delegation visited Delhi led
by Mrs. Fazilla Jeewa Daureeawoo, Social Security Minister from 16th to
21st February, 2016. Incidentally, it may be worthwhile to point out that
their forefathers migrated to Mauritius 180 years back as indenture labourers
from various parts of India. Through their toil and tears, sweat and sacrifice,
they enabled later generations to live in comfort and security and now
they are ruling their own country. A seminar was organized at Help Age
India office on ageing issues. Initially, Ms.RojiBala welcomed on behalf
of the HelpAge India to the Mauritius Delegates and briefed about the
efforts of the Help Age India related to various issues of the Senior
Citizens Isolation, Pension, Alzheimer and Dementia, ,healthcare, Day
care Centre, Physiotherapy Centre, etc.
On the other side, J.R. Gupta, Chairperson, Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi, ( an umbrella body of 11 lakh Senior Citizens) briefed their counter parts about various facilities/ benefits being extended to Senior Citizens by Delhi Govt. and Govt of India .He Highlighted some activities for the cause and care of elderly such as on every 1st October is celebrated as Elders Day by organizing Walkathon with the support of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment ,Govt of India & Help Age India from VijayChowk to India Gate in which more than 5000 Senior Citizens are participating. Various talks by eminent doctors are organized , 102 recreation centers across Delhi are functional for the elderly with the Govt. support at the rate of Rs. 20,000.00 per month as recurring grant, and 38 more recreation centers would be created by April, 2016. 4 Lakhs, 13 thousand elderly living below poverty line are getting pension at the rate of Rs. 1,000.00 per month upto 69 years and Rs. 1,500.00 per month from 70 and above , whose annual income is Rs. 60,000.00. Concessional bus passes in DTC buses for the elderly at the rate of Rs. 50.00 and Rs. 150.00 per month in Non- AC and AC buses respectively. Even, Senior Citizens & Parents Maintenance Act 2007 has been enacted for the welfare of senior citizens of Delhi .Under this Act; the senior citizen can go to Tribunal in case of ill-treatment by son without advocate. In case, the son refuses to look after their parents, they can claim Rs 10,000.00 per month as maintenance allowance . The settlement period for the same is 90 days. Moreover, the Council is also organizing interaction programmes in association with Public Schools where students of ninth class and above are visiting lonely Elderly as a moral support and getting special marks for such social service. Even with the help of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) 4 digit helpline numbers is created for the lonely senior citizens in each colony , Cultural programs, Exercises (laughing), yoga & birthday celebrations of Senior Citizens are also organized to fight the isolation of Senior Citizens. If we compare these benefits with the other Indian States, Delhi is availing the maximum benefits from the Central government because of the active participation of the Senior Citizens Council of Delhi.
interacting, Mrs. Fazilla , Social Security Minister of Mauritius appreciated
the efforts of Council for the cause and care of Elderly, she informed
that in Mauritius our Prime Minister ensures that the programs are implemented
for the elderly. Frequent meetings and discussions are held to help
elderly to live with dignity and for the protection of their rights.
Elderly population in Mauritius is 89,000. Various measures have been
taken by the government which includes Basic Pension Scheme, in which
Elders get a pension of Rs. 5,000.00 per month upto 69 years, Rs 15,000
per month (70-89 years), Rs 30,000 per month ( 90 and above) and elders
(90 above years) get a pension of Rs 40,000 per month, Medical
help,Careness Allowance, free healthcare ,free transport for the elder
programme was also organized at Central Park, Munirka, DDA Flats in
the presence of 700 Senior Citizens followed by lunch in which the Minister,
delegation members and Mr. J.Goburdhun, Mauritius High Commissioner
were also felicitated by J.R. Gupta and other members including Mrs.
Promila Tokas, M.L.A and Shri Radhey Shyam Sharma, Chairman, Standing
Committee , South Delhi Municipal Corporation ( who also inaugurated
rain shelter at the venue). Special Cultural programme was also organized
for the entertainment of delegation members. Mr. Hanslall Seebaruth
, Chairperson, Senior Citizens Council Mauritius also briefed the members
on various ageing issues and the delegation members are trying to search
the routes of their forefathers in India. The Minister however, stated
that she has already been able to find out her routes in Surat ( Gujarat)
J.R. Gupta, President of the Council acknowledged that Mauritius and India enjoy a unique and exceptional bond of friendship, anchored in a shared historical and cultural heritage and thanked the Minister and delegates for visiting Delhi under exchange programme and also congratulated the Minister for extending maximum benefits to its elderly by her Govt. as compared to whole of World.
The members were also taken to Akshardham and a few selected historical places in Delhi including interacting meetings with Shri. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State, Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, Shri Subhash Arya, Mayor of Delhi , Visit to physically handicapped centre run by Amar Jyoti Trust, East Delhi.
J. R. Gupta, Chairperson, Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi and President of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi honoured with BEST SENIOR CITIZENS AWARD by Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi on the occasion of International Elders Day held on 1-10-2015 in recognition to his selfless services for the cause and care of Elderly particularly protecting lonely senior citizens from abuses/humiliations from their own children and others.
Shri J. R. Gupta thanked the Chief Minister & Social Welfare Minister and announced that this AWARD is actually the AWARD for all the SENIOR CITIZENS OF DELHI as a respect and regards to them by DELHI GOVT.
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi organized International Elders Day celebrations on 01/10/2015 at Green Fields School, Safdarjung Enclave between 07:00 pm and 09:00 pm followed by dinner in which more than 900 senior citizens participated. A cultural programme was also organized by eminent artists from Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Shri Sandeep Kumar, Social Welfare Minister , Delhi Govt. was the Chief Guest who assured the senior citizens present to consider their demand for the release of advertisement asking registered Senior Citizens Associations to apply for recreational grants , as Social Welfare Department has already taken a decision for the increase of recreation centres from 102 to 140 . He also informed the members about the opening of 3000 Agan Wadi Centres throughout Delhi and would be allowed to use in the evening by respective Senior Citizens Associations as recreation centres. He assured that a decision will be taken shortly by calling a meeting with the Confederation members and officers of Social Welfare Department shortly at his residence .
On the invitation of Shri Virendra Gupta, Indian High Commissioner in South Africa, a 29 members goodwill delegation of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi led by its President, J.R. Gupta visited South Africa between 16th & 27th June, 2014. A full report on the visit can be found here >>>
A 21 members delegation of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi led by its President J.R. Gupta visited Australia & New Zealand between 13th and 26th October, 2013. S/Shri J.R. Gupta, Girdhari Lal Gupta, Mohinder Kumar Bajaj and Satnarain Goyal are also members of the A.R.S.P. The other members were Bhagirath Prasad Agarwal & Mrs. Sudha Rani Agarwal (Vasant Enclave), Mohinder Kumar Bajaj & Mrs. Lalita Bajaj(Rohini), Zile Singh Chhillar & Mrs. Kamla Chhillar (West Patel Nagar), Gyan Singh Tokas & Mrs. Kamla Devi Tokas (Munirka Village), Jagat Prakash Gupta & Mrs. Usha Rani Gupta( Nehru Apartments, Kalkaji), D.R. Pillai (R.K. Puram), Girdhari Lal Gupta(Hargovind Enclave), Harish Narayan Gupta(Vishal Enclave), Shri Pal Agarwal (Noida), Mrs. Indu Bala Agarwal (Noida), Mrs. Satya Wati Dalal (R.K. Puram), L.R. Garg(D.D.A. flats Munirka), Dharampal Rupal(Green Park), Subhash Grover(Shivalik), Sat Narain Goyal(Rohini) & J.R. Gupta (Safderjung Enclave).
The members participated in International U3A Conference of Senior Citizens held on 14th & 15th at Melbourne Town Hall on "Ageless Learning Begins with U3A." More than 200 representatives from 50 countries across the world also attended, which was organized by U3A Network Victoria & U3A Asia Pacific Alliance. Master of Ceremony were Mr. Paul O'Connor & Ms. Elsie Mutton. Shri J.R. Gupta represented India also addressed the Conference and briefly highlighted the benefits and privileges being available to Senior Citizens in India. He also mentioned about the various activities of the Council particularly protection of lonely senior citizens from abuses/humiliations at the hands of there own children and others. All the representatives of respective countries also addressed the conference and shared their information. The main focus was on "learning makes available the great ideas of the humanities, social sciences to explore across World, health and fitness, community connection, social integration and how to embrace technology in seniors sector." It was further decided to hold next conference in Nepal in October, 2014.
At Melbourne, the members met Mr. Nirmal K. Chaudhary, Deputy High Commissioner of India who shared the information about India and Australia relations on various fields followed by high tea. Thereafter, the members visited Melbourne City, Gold Coast City, Sydney City (Australia), Auckland City, Queenstown City & Christchurch City (New Zealand). A number of sight scenes were enjoyed such as Koala conservation & Penguin parade at Phillip Island (Melbourne), Sea World (Gold Coast) , Kelly Tariton Underwater World in Auckland, Milford Sound Cruise in Queenstown, Antartic Center and Penguin Encounter at Christchurch, Aquarium, Opera House, Tower, 4D show, Blue Mountain Tour with rides in rail, cable car and sky lark in Sydney.
Mr. Arun Goel, Consulate General of India, Sydney hosted a dinner in the honor of delegation members who told that next Pravasi Bharti Divas would be held in Sydney in January, 2014. He further told that 2 lakhs Indians are living in Sydney out of the total population of 5 lakhs.
Before proceeding to over seas tour, delegation members also met Mr. Patrick Suckling, High Commissioner of Australia in India who hosted High Tea in their honor and shared various information about Indo-Australian relations. The delegation members also met Mrs.Jan Henderson, High Commissioner of New Zealand in India and she hosted High Tea in their honor and briefed about Indo-New Zealand relations.
Rishikesh Conference of March 2013
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi organized a Conference at Rishikesh on 1, 2 and 3 March 2013 on "Total Health of mind-body and soul" in association with ARSP, Haridwar at Vanprastha Ashram in which more than 300 senior citizens participated. Out of 300, more than 120 participants were the members of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi.
The eminent speakers were Swamy Chidanand Muniji Maharaj, President, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh; Prof. Mahavir Agarwal, Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Sanskrit University; and Dr. Aapga Singh, State Head of Uttarakhand Helpage India and various eminent doctors, Reiki, Yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Allopathy, Accu-pressure specialists etc.
The Conference was addressed by a galaxy of experts in Yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Allopathy and Accu-pressure. Everyday in the morning, Yoga and meditation lessons were organized. In the evening, Ganga Aarti was especially organized for the delegates at the holy river of Ganga at Vanprastha Ashram, Rishikesh and Parmarth Ashram, Rishikesh under the Patronage of Swamy Chidanand Muniji Maharaj which was a great memorable moment for all the delegates. In addition to it, Kavi Sammelan and Bhajan Sandhya were also organized on 1 and 2 March 2013, respectively which was enjoyed by everyone.
The Conference concluded with Ganga Snan, Havan and presentation of Sammaan to eminent participants. On 03 March 2013, local sight-seeing in Kankhal and Haridwar were organized for the delegates. Various sessions were held relating to spiritual discourses, lifestyle diseases, prevention and cure, diabetes, heart problem, cancer, hypertension, old-age ailment like OSTOEO and Arthritis etc. Question-answer session, spiritual workshop, Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation Session, were also organized.
The Conference was very well organized and the delegates were taken care of till their departure from Rishikesh with the sincere efforts of Shri J.R. Gupta, President of the Council. The delegates utilized the Conference also to interact and share their experiences with those of other cities across India. An unanimous view was that such Conferences should be regularly held in different cities across India. Moreover, the Conference was a very good opportunity for senior citizens, particularly, those who are living alone and even below poverty line as they utilized all three days time with their counter-part very well and enjoyed a lot by ignoring loneliness in their routine life.
To motivate such large no. of senior citizens, as a goodwill gesture, Senior Citizens Council of Delhi bear the 50% cost of registration charges in respect of 100 delegates, with the support of Helpage India. Shri J.R. Gupta, President of the Council was felicitated with Varishth Gaurav Sammaan 2013 in recognition of his services for motivating more than 120 delegates from Delhi in such a large no.by the Chief Guest Prof. Mahavir Agarwal, Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Sanskrit University who also specifically mentioned the initiatives of Shri J.R. Gupta for the cause and care of elderly in his inaugural speech.
virtue of MOU between Senior Citizens Council of Delhi and Senior Citizens
Council of Mauritius, a 20 member delegation from Delhi met the President
of Mauritius between 17th and 23rd February 2013, led by its President,
Shri J.R. Gupta.
A Seminar was also organized on ageing issues. The members from both sides exchanged their views on benefits/privileges being granted by both the Govts. of Mauritius and Delhi Govt. for their elderly people. Both sides agreed to create awareness of the above benefits for their members by holding Seminars, Interaction Sessions at District levels in Mauritius and Delhi. Each side also pledged to keep lonely senior citizens free from loneliness in their countries.
The delegation members also met H.E. Mr. Rajkeswar Purryag, President of the Republic of Mauritius; Hon'ble Mrs. S. Bappoo, Minister for Social Security, Govt. of Mauritius; Hon'ble Mr. M. Choonee, Minister of Art & Culture and H.E. Mr. T.P. Seetharam, Indian High Commissioner in Mauritius.
On this occasion, fresh MOU was signed by both the Councils in the presence of Hon'ble Minister Mrs. S. Bappoo to promote exchange of views of groups of elderly of both the countries. The delegation members also undertook under-sea walk 100m below in the sea in blue safari submarine and such facility is only available in Australia and Mauritius among world. There was also 7 color Earth available in Mauritius. There is also Ganga Talao like Haridwar and more than 3 lakhs people celebrating Shivratri every year on this place. There is also a 13th Jyotirling. Roads are very clean and there is a traffic discipline and pedestrians are given first preference to cross the road by vehicle owners, as informed by Shri J.R. Gupta, Leader of the delegation.
A delegation of 16 Members of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi led by its President, Mr.J R Gupta visited Mauritius from 27th June to 3rd July 2010 on the invitation from Senior Citizens Council, Mauritius by virtue of MOU already signed in the year of 2006 between both the Councils for promoting exchange of groups of views of elderly of both the countries.
J.R. Gupta, President, Senior Citizens Council of Delhi & Chairperson, Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi
Mr. M. Choonee, the former High Commissioner of Mauritius in India, now Minister for Art and Culture, Govt. of Mauritius also hosted a lunch in the honour of Delegation members.
The delegation members also met Honorable President, Republic of Mauritius at President House, who was very pleased to meet the delegation members and also hosted a High Tea. The delegation members also participated in a number seminars, talks and interaction sessions on the ageing issues concerning Senior Citizens of both the countries.
The delegation members also met Honorable Minister for Social Security, Govt. of Mauritius, Mrs. Dookhun and exchanged a number of views about the facilities and activities for the Senior Citizens of both the Countries.
During the visit International seminars were also organised in which burning issues concerning Senior Citizens were exchanged and discussed on inter-generation relationship, security of property and life of Senior citizens, and ageing issues.
The delegation members also paid a courtesy visit to honorable President, Vice President of Republic of Mauritius, High Commissioner of India in Mauritius and social security minister wherein exchange of views were expressed regarding development, planning and technology of both the countries. High Commissioner of India also informed the members about the items being imported by India from Mauritius and vice-versa. The Mauritius population is only 12 lakhs and majority is of Indian origin whose forefathers were migrated about 200 years back mostly from UP, Bihar and Maharashtra. In Mauritius, the monthly pension is given to the Senior Citizens after the age of 60. As soon as the age of the Senior Citizens increases, the monthly pension also increases. The monthly pension for Senior citizens aged between 60 to below 90 is Rs.2945, ages 90 and below 100 is Rs. 8760 and those aged 100 and above are given Rs.9944 whereas in Delhi Rs.1000 per month is paid to Senior Citizens and in other parts of India only Rs. 400. The currency of Mauritius is also high in comparison to India and 1 Indian rupee is equivalent to 70 Mauritian paise.
A delegation of 32 members of Senior Citizen Council Of Delhi led by its President, Mr J.R. Gupta (who also is non-judicial member, Delhi State Government, State Council of Senior Citizen) visited Mauritius from 2nd August 2009 to 8th August 2009 on the invitation of their counterpart Senior Citizen Council of Mauritius, in terms of the Memorandum of Understanding for the exchange of views of the elderly of both the Countries.
In our picture the President of Mauritius is being presented with the Ashok Chatra as a memento of the visit.
President ,Senior Citizens Council of Delhi greeting Shri Tejindra Khanna,
Lt. Governor, Delhi before introducing
Delegation Members from Mauritius on 26-03-09 at Raj Niwas, Delhi
|Shri Tejindra Khanna, Lt. Governor, Delhi interacting with Delegation Members from Mauritius led by J.R Gupta on 26-03-09 at Raj NIwas, Delhi|
members from Mauritius led by J.R Gupta, President of Council
with Shri Tejindra Khanna, Lt.Governor, Delhi on 26-03-09 at Raj Niwas.
|Delegation members from Mauritius led by J.R. Gupta, intracting with Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Minister for Power, Govt. of India on 25-03-09 at Sharam Shakti Bhawan, New Delhi.|
members from Mauritius led by J.R. Gupta,
President of Council with Mrs. Shiela Dikshit, Chief Minister, Delhi on 24-03-09 at Delhi Secretariat.
members from Mauritius led by
J.R .Gupta, President of Council with Mrs.Meira Kumar, Union Minister, Social Justice &
Empowerment, Govt.of India on 20-03-09 at Shastri Bhawan,New Delhi.
of Delegation Members from Mauritius by Senior Citizens Council of Delhi
in the presence of Mr.M.Choonee, Mauritius
High Commissioner (check shirt) at Deer Park, New Delhi on 27-03-09
|Delegation members from Mauritius led by J.R Gupta, President of Council with Mrs. Poornima Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India, New Delhi after International Seminar on ageing issues on 24-03-09|
|J. R. Gupta, President of the Council, Mrs. Shiela Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Nazir Soobratty, Leader of Delegation and Mrs. Indranee Nath Varma, Chairperson of Mauritius Council, Intracting with the delegation from Mauritius on 23-03-09 at Delhi Secretariat.|
A good will delegation of 32 members of the Senior Citizens council of Delhi visited Mauritius from 29 July 2007 to 5 August 2007 under the leadership of its President, Shri J.R. Gupta. The members left a 02.45 pm and reached at 09.00 pm the same day, A very warm reception was accorded at the airport by Mrs Indranee Nath Varma, Chairperson, Senior Citizens Council, Mauritius and her team. After dinner, we were very adequately accommodated in the Recreation Centre at Pte aux Sables.
Next day, the delegation met with Mrs Sheilabai Bapoo, Hon'ble Minister, Social Security, NSSCW and RI. She welcomed us very heartily and talked on various social welfare schemes being implemented by her government for the welfare of senior citizens. Talks and poetries were recited to strengthen the cultural bonds in both the countries. Shri J.R. Gupta, President of Council thanked the minister and presented a momento. A dinner was hosted by the honble Minister.
On 31 July 2007, the delegation members paid a courtesy visit to the honble President of the Republic of Mauritius, His Excellency Mr. Anurood Jugnauth and Madam Her Excellency Mrs. K. Ranpadaruth. The President emphasized his wish to have more exchanges of people of both the countries and blessed the group with a group photo. Shri. J.R Gupta presented memento to the President and the ladies put scarf on Her Excellency Madam President.
On 02 August 2007, the delegation members met Dy Prime Minister Hon. Mr. R. Beebeejaun and he reiterated that the relationship amongst the two countries is perennial. A group photo was taken and Shri. J.R. Gupta fecilitated the Honble Dy Prime Minister.
The delegation members met the Indian High Commissioner Shri B Jai Shankaran for tea. All the mayors of towns of Mauritius arranged cultural programmes and hosted lunch and dinner in the honor of delegation members. The members were accorded warm welcome and hosted lunch and dinners at different places during the entire period of stay in Mauritius and arranged cultural progrmmes everywhere. The members were received with great respect, affection and warmth by the people of Indian origin living in Mauritius. Gifts and mementos were presented from both sides.
During the stay, delegation members enjoyed valuable site seeing programmes like Apravasi Ghat Talab, Rabindranath Tagore Institute Cultural Centre, Old Sugar Maund, Botanical Garden Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Candon Water front, Crater Black River Gorges, Nation history Museum, Seven Coloured Earth, and Blue Submarine 30 meters under sea. A warm reception was also accorded by Sh Rajender Arun, Chairman of Ramayana Centre, Mauritius and hosted a very sweaty home made dinner. The members also donated as sum of 11,000/- to Ramayana Centre. We left Mauritius at 03.24 am and returned very happily to India with sweet memories on 05 August 2007 at 11.45 am.
Senior Citizens Exchange Visits with U3A Groups and Seniors Abroad.
If you would like to visit Delhi - one of the really great cities of the world - and be met and hosted by our members, entertained in our homes, and given guidance on places to stay and sights to see, please write to our President J R Gupta - email@example.com
Memorandum of Understanding signed on 07 March 2010 at Umed Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, in the presence of His Highness, Maharaja of Jodhpur, Shri Gaj Singhji, between Delhi Senior Citizens and Jodhpur Senior Citizens.
Photo (L-R) Minister Shri Ojha, J.R. Gupta and K.M. Gautam after signing of MOU
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi has signed a MOU on 18 May, 2010 at Kathmandu (Nepal) with the Geriatric Centre Nepal (an NGO working for the elderly) in the presence of Honorable Shri Sarv Dev Prasad Ojha, Minister of Social Welfare, Government of Nepal for promoting exchange of groups of elderly of both the countries.
On behalf of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi, MOU was signed by its President Shri J.R. Gupta and from Nepal side, Mr. K.M. Gautam, Chairperson signed. Incidentally, it may be pointed out that Senior Citizens Council of Delhi has already signed MOU with Senior Citizens Council of Mauritius in the year 2006.
The delegation members of the Council also called on Honorable President, Dr. Rambaran Yadav, President of Nepal at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Kathmandu who also appreciated the initiatives of the both the organisations.
Left: J.R. Gupta, President, Senior Citizens Council of Delhi felicitating President of Nepal, Honorable Dr. Rambaran Yadav.
The Council organized an interaction session with the 35 students and young professionals of People of Indian Origin across the World under ''8th Know India Programme'' of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Brig. Teg Bahadur(Retd.), Prof. Mrs. Nirmala Devi and Shri B.N. Chopra(Gold Medallist) briefed about the progress and achievements in all fields by India during the last 60 years. The Chief Guest was Hon'ble Yoganand Shastry, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Delhi Government. Mrs. Kiran Walia MLA, Shri Shallender Singh Monty, Counciller, and Shri D. N. Srivastava, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs as Guests of Honour. The Guests appreciated the efforts of the Council to organise such a function, which was attended by more than 400 Senior Citizens in the early hours. Breakfast was also served in the Park Baluchi Restaurant. A gift was also presented as a token of love and respect.
A tricycle was donated to a physically handicapped child by Ms Arti Mehra, Mayor of Delhi, and Sh J R Gupta
On this occasion, 111 blankets were also distributed to poor and needy persons.
Left is a group photograph with Sh. D.N. Srivastava, Joint Secy., Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs Govt. of India, Smt. Kiran Walia, MLA.
Shri J.R. Gupta, President of Council and other members of Seniors Citizens Council were there to greet and help them.
A news item appeared in The Times Of India on 16th January 2010 wide which a proposal was highlighted to debar senior citizens at the age of 72 and above to drive their own vehicles. Senior Citizens at large expressed their resentments and as such the matter was taken up by the Senior Citizens Council of Delhi on behalf of 9 lakhs senior citizens living in Delhi with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
The Ministry wide their letter dated 05/03/2010 has clarified the position as under.
"It is correct to say that the Ministry is in the process of reviewing the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 by an Expert Committee. One of the stake holders had suggested that people having age between 75-80 years may be prohibited from driving. However, in no way that can be treated as the recommendation of the Committee nor it may be construed that the Committee has recommended this. The Committee has to look into all the pros and cons of each proposal received by them from various stake holders and will recommend those proposal which are not only right but also just".
1. Senior Citizens have right to live with respect and dignity.
2. Senior Citizens should be saved from harassment and abuse (emotional, economical, physical, disrespect, verbal, neglect etc)
3. The life and property of Senior Citizens should be protected.
For the 1st time, on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi (an umbrella body for elders) organised Candle Light March for drawing the attention of Govt. of India and Govt. of Delhi on 15-06-2010 from 6 30 pm to 7 30 pm at historical place, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi with the following placards in which more than 300 Senior Citizens representatives of various Senior Citizens Associations participated from all over Delhi.