M.V.Ruparelia, Chief Patron, All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON),
A503 Rashmi Utsav, Near Jangid Estate & Vijay Park, Mira Road (E). District Thane,
Maharashtra. 401 107. M.09821732855. E/Mail: email@example.com
To Date: 29-1-14.
Chairman, National Human Rights Commission,
Manav Adhikar Bhawan, Block C, GPO Complex, INA,
Sub: Violation of Human Right of Negotiations with Government for 12 crore Elders of the Country.
There are 12 crore Elders in the Country, who are denied the Right of Negotiation with Government and proper Machinery for Negotiation is not being created inspite of repeated representations.
1. As you may be aware, Government of India, with the approval of Cabinet, notified National Policy of Older Persons (NPOP) on 13-2-99. As per para 96 of this Policy, an autonomous registered National Association of Older Persons (NAOP) at National, State & District levels was to be established to ``mobilize Senior Citizens, particulate their interests, promote & undertake programmes & activities for their wellbeing & to advise the Government on all matters relating to older persons.`` No action is taken in 15 years to form such useful negotiating Machinery nor any of the existing registered Confederation/Federation/Associations is recognized for various purposes like making Senior Citizens at grass routes know the policy of the Government for Senior Citizens; making Senior Citizens to know about various circulars, instructions, facilities, grants, celebrations, Vayoshreshta Sanman Awards rules, forms, last date etc. At present, not a single Association of Senior Citizens gets any information from any Ministry dealing with matters pertaining to Senior Citizens. To-day, there is no machinery to listen to the voices of Senior Citizens or to get information of what Government is doing for their Elders.
2. Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions, which is a Nodal Ministry for all Pensioners of all departments, has recognized as many as 78 Associations of Pensioners and these are supplied with all circulars and are allowed to represent the grievances of pensioners. 27 Associations of them have been provided with Pension Portals-Hard ware, Soft ware & Training at the cost of Ministry and are paid Rs 75000 p.a. for telephone, internet connection, stationery, AMC/Battery replacement, subsidy towards rent for office building, water, electricity etc and honorarium of part time Data Entry Operator to each of these 27 Associations (Ministry of Personnel`s no. Lr.No55(6)2012-P&P© dt 28-3-12). They have established SCOVA, which meets regularly. Their Web Site provides direct contact with them by Pensioners & Associations for their grievances.
3. Our Nodal Ministry of Social Justice has not recognized a single Association or sending a single circular to any of the Associations. Web Site for Senior Citizens is also complicated and not kept up to date and most of the time difficult to get connected for a particular subject. All major Associations of Senior Citizens are publishing monthly magazines/news letters and having Web Sites and as such recognizing them and sending circulars etc to them will result in the information reaching to many grassroots Senior Citizens. It is absolutely necessary that all such major Associations are immediately recognized by Nodal Ministry and SCOVA type Negotiating Machinery making all ministries to participate in such Machinery must be created immediately for 12 crore Elders of the Country. All Ministries including Pension Ministry (as these Associations deal with Pensioners also) are required to be ordered by the Commission to send copies of all communications pertaining to Senior Citizens to various Associations. According to Allocation of Business Rules of Government of India, though Ministry of Social Justice is allotted the work of welfare of senior citizens as a Nodal Ministry, overall management and monitoring etc. of the sectoral programmes in respect of Senior Citizens is the responsibility of the concerned Central Ministries, State Governments and Union territory Administrations.
As most of the States/UTs have not constituted State Councils laid down in National Policy, 99 or State Councils, District Committees, Volunteers Committees at each Police station as laid down in Statutory Act of Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007, orders are also to be given to them by the Commission for recognizing State-level Associations and send them all circulars with facility of representation.
4. National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC) provided as per para 95 of Policy, 99 does not serve any purpose having only 5 representatives from Associations of Senior Citizens and 5 from Associations of Pensioners for representing 12 crore Elders and not meeting for years together, sincerely and seriously. Last 2 meetings of this committee were held on 23-10-09 and 2-11-11, though required to be held twice in a year. No meeting is held for last 3 years. Formation of New National Council was notified in Gazette of India on 22-2-12 but Council is not yet formed even after two years of notification. No action is being taken on suggestions of representatives neither of senior citizens nor on minutes nor even minutes notified in web site in time. Policies & Acts notified by Government are not implemented for years together, representations from Associations & individuals are not being replied!!
It is very much necessary that Commission looks in to this sorry plight of 12 crore Elders of the Country and get them at least their Right to Negotiate, if not the notified facilities etc!