Raj and Pooja Malhotra — the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini in the 2003 hit Baghban — had to wander from one town to another because their sons were unwilling to take care of them but senior citizens in the state could be luckier.
Directorate of Social Security and Disability, Bihar, is planning to open a number of old-age homes in the state in the near future, said Madhumita Kumari, the assistant director of the directorate on Monday.
While addressing a daylong workshop, “Security for senior citizens”, organised by Saksham — a society for the ultra poor and social welfare — at Apna Ghar, Madhumita said: “We have prepared a detailed programme for senior citizens — Bihar State Integrated Programme for Older Persons. The programme aims to help needy seniors.”
She added: “We shall develop institutional care units (old-age homes) in the different districts. We shall also develop respite-care units and continuous-care homes. In the former, medical facilities would be provided to senior citizens for a short period, while in the latter, persons suffering from chronic diseases would be treated.” The workshop on Monday was organised to mark International Day of Older Persons.
HelpAge India, a non-government organisation working for the senior citizens, on Monday organised a silent march to observe the International Day of Older Persons. From SK Memorial Hall to R-Block. Later, members of the NGO also submitted a charter of demand to the state human rights commission.