The Telegraph
Sunday , June 1 , 2014

Helping hand for the aged

Jamshedpur, May 31: Ageing couples living without their wards or family members in different parts of the steel city can now look forward to getting help from a band of motivated youths.

Be it buying medicines, fetching vegetables and grocery supplies, withdrawing cash from bank, paying electricity or phone bills, senior citizens can seek assistance from these volunteers who are ready to run errands for them. The elders can also request an escort to or from Tatanagar station.

Led by retired Tata Steel employee Jammi Sri Kumar, the team will initially provide the service to around 25 old couples living in Agrico, Sidhgora and Baridih localities from June 15.

The initiative is aimed at helping urban elders survive and cope with the changing socio-economic situation where families are turning nuclear, leaving ageing people to fend for themselves.

“There are many senior citizens who live alone as their wards are working outstation. I am aware of the difficulties they face when it comes to paying phone bills or buying medicines. We would be happy to take care of these jobs to spare them the hassles of running around,” said Kumar, a resident of Sonari who is himself 68 years.

His only son Sharad lives and works in Hyderabad.

While a number of couples have already started approaching the team members for help, several people are calling up Kumar, volunteering to be part of this noble programme. The team can be contacted on 09204750117 and 09430338896.