The All India Senior citizens Confederation’s 18th Annual National Conference was organized on 29th and 30th November, 2018 in Hyderabad hoisted by the Association of Senior Citizens of Hyderabad, with the support of local federation TESCCON and FESCO- T. The conference was organized by patrons, Hon’ble Justice Subhashan Reddy and Sri. Vijaya Rama Rao, Ex- Director, CBI with Organising Committee Chairman Sri. R.N. Mital and co-chairman, Sri. I.M. Bhalla with Sri. T. Hanumantha Rao and Sri. V. Mohan Reddy as Vice- Chairmen. The total number of persons who participated exceeded 2050 for whom all the required facilities were provided. The Telangana State Govt. has deputed delegates from all the 31 districts.
At the venue, there was a display of 8 stalls, useful for seniors along with Apollo Hospital stall which helped hundreds with free medical checkup and advice. The tourism department helped the delegates for sight-seeing. Sri.R.N. Mital welcomed the delegates including a delegation of 13 members from Nepal. He appealed to the Vice- President of India to assure securing social security for senior citizens. Sri.D.N. Chapke, President, AISCCON gave an overview of AISCCON’s activities and requested to link the pensions of the senior citizens to the cost of living.
In the inaugural session, Vice-President Sri. Venkaiah Naidu as the chief guest has honoured two centenarians Sri. V. Tirupathi Rao, aged 102 and Smt. Rukunamma, aged 104. Three eminent senior citizens were also felicitated for their life-time achievements by the Vice- President. They are Sri.R.N. Mital, Dr. S.P. Kinjawadekar, and Dr. C. Pratap Reddy of Apollo Hospital. The chief guest asserted that India is a Vishwa Guru, where share and care is our philosophy and we should strive to preserve our culture and traditions. He touched up on NPOP, MWPSCA, PMVVY, Vayosreshta awards etc. At length he dealt with empowering women and spoke against gender discrimination. He promised to take up the seniors’ issues to the Govt. and as chairperson of the Upper House he would move the matter, there too.
During the two days, eight technical sessions were held wherein highly educated scholars dealt at length with various issues and problems faced by senior citizens. On the second day, a parallel conference exclusively for ladies was organized to discuss problems relating to rural women, where around 500 senior ladies were present. The hall was decorated in a traditional way with Bathukamma on one side and the photos of the well-known ladies (historic, political and spiritual) on the other side. The guest were Mrs. Jamuna, Rajayogini Brahmakumari Kuldeep, Mrs. Kranthi Chapke and Smt. Rajeshwari Subrahmanyam. Mrs. Tripta Sawhaney, veteran social activist was given Life Time Achievement award and was felicitated. In the competition for the best young-looking lady Smt. Lalitha Rao from Hyderabad, and Smt. Sheela Sharma of Bilaspur stood first and second. The best dressed women award went to Mrs. Gayatri Nagesh of Mangalore. Mrs. Rajeshwar Subrahmanyam and Mrs . Nippani Prameela talked about health and financial awareness.
Smt. Rohini Rao and Smt. Kamakshi Hatti served as master of ceremony. The success of the conference was attributed to the dedicated team of organizing committee members.
By Chepuri Shankar Rao
Gayathri Nagar Senior Citizens Forum
Gayatri Nagar Free Medical Camp
Senior Citizens Association, Gayatri Nagar, Malkajgiri, Hyderabad conducted a free medical camp on 2-12-18 at Gayatri Nagar Park, General Checkup, BP, Random Sugar and ECG facilities were made available for patients who were examined by Dr. Uday Kiran, M.D. The Camp has been organised under the leadership of their President Sri.TVS Raju, General Secretary Sri. A. Vittalaiah, B.L. Prasad, Venkateshwarlu, GRK Sarma, Colony President Srinivasa Rao garu, several colony residents have utilised the opportunity.
By Vittalaiah, Gen. Secretary
Senior Citizens Alwal
The members of the Association of Senior Citizens of Alwal assisted many senior citizens at poling centers.
HelpAge India, Apollo and Google have organized a UNMUKT Festival at Hitex, High-tech city on 15th and 16th for the senior citizens, as a mega event, with free bus facilities for 2 days. There are two presentations in the seminar hall and in another event, the elders have participated in skits, dance & songs. There were several stalls to visit and also a food court.
By P.Shyam Kumar, HelpAge India-9963716618
Ashtavadhanam on Bhagavadgeetha
Residents of Tarnaka enjoyed a unique Ashtavadhanam performed by nine year old Master V. Saketa Krishna studying in the 4th standard. Unlike normal Ashtavadhanams, which concentrate on Telugu poetry, this one was on Bhagavadgeetha’s first 12 cantos. The event was organized on Geetha Jayanthi day on 18th December as by Samskrutha Bharathi.
Eight girls and boys, themselves well-versed in Bhagavadgeetha, acted as the problem posers. Saketa Krishna displayed amazing mastery over the 12 cantos by answering tricky questions such as: recite the sloka which is the fourth one in third canto; what is the particular letter at the fifth place on 4th line of third sloka in second canto, etc.
An audience of over seventy comprising senior citizens, some of them experts in Bhagavadgeeta, housewives and children, participated enjoyed the disposition.
Dr. V. Subrahmanyam, Dy. Director Sanskrit Academy, Osmania University Campus, and the father of the Boy, told that Saketa Krishna is being essentially groomed at home in the regular recitation of the Geetha for the last five years and he has already memorized and mastered up to sixteenth canto. The boy’s ambition is to learn the ancient texts in the original Sanskrit and imbibe the cultural values and spiritual concepts taught by them.
By Dr.V. Rama Rao.
A workshop on Food & Nutrition for ladies at Tarnaka Welfare Association Community Hall was conduced on 10th December, 2018.
The aim is to create awareness about the importance of nutrition and healthy food habits among general public, so as to prevent obesity, BP and other ailments. Prof. V. Peesapati, Hon. Secretary of The Royal Society of Chemistry (London), Deccan Section, India, held the workshop.
Around 40 ladies presented one vegetarian dish each (prepared at home). Judges have selected the best of three dishes based on nutritional value, caloric content, vitamins, anti-oxidants, while encouraging food derived from millets. They have also conducted a QUIZ program on the importance of Kitchen Chemistry and prizes were given by the Royal society of Chemistry (London), Deccan Section, India. Mrs. Lakshmi Peesapati gave a lecture cum demonstration “How to make Chocolates” and distributed them to taste for all the participants. Mrs Pammi Bharathi & Mr Chary acted as judges to select the top three best vegetarian dishes. Mr V Chinnaiah, President Tarnaka Welfare Association, Mr Docca Murthy has helped in conducting the event.
Prof. V. Peesapati, M.Sc Ph.D CChem FRSC, Hon. Secretary.
Senior Citizens Association, Kalyanpuri, Uppal
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is launching a special research wing which plans to identify risk factors for dementia and aged related disorders of the brain like Alzheimers. Data Collection has begun for an ambitious 10 year study of 10,000 people. This is likely to benefit senior citizens who are prone to age-related disorders.
Senior Citizens Forum, Mahabubnagar
Senior Citizens Forum Mahabub nagar (T.S) conducted a meeting on Dec 17th on Pensioners Day at their office and honoured the chief guest Sri. Sailu Goud, President of the Dt. Pensioners’ Association, who assured that he would work hard to solve the problems of the pensioners, and appreciated the senior citizens association for their social service.
The office-bearers of the Association Sri. Jagapathi Rao, President, N. Nagabhushanam Rao (Gen. Secretary) and others have taken active part. They have also planned to stage a ‘dharna’ before RTC buses depot.
By N.Nagabhushanam, Gen. Secretary
Senior Citizens Forum Nizamabad
- The Forum has participated in the Ennikala Nigha Vedika district Committee, and carried out awareness programmes by visiting colleges, pensioners groups, etc.
- The president Sri. T. Bhumanna has been selected for Kalinga award for the year 2018 in the 18th National Conference of Senior Citizens held on 29th November, at Classic Gardens, near Paradise in secunderabad.
- ‘Mandaram’, a story-book written by Sri. Daram Gangadhar has been released by Dr. Nandini Siddha Reddy, chairman of Telangana Sahiti Academy.
- The District Welfare Officer for Women, Child, Disabled and Senior Citizens, Nizamabad has arranged a gathering of 250 people to celebrate the World Elders Day on 12th December, instead of 1st October, as the District Administration has been fully busy with the election work. On this occasion, out of the 35 elders who are felicitated, 25 belonged to the rural areas. Sri. P. Ramachandraiah, Secretary General of the State level Federation is also present.
- The Forum has expressed its condolences on the passing away of its founder-Treasurer, Sri. Gaddam Venkata Reddy.
By T. Bhumanna, President
Tanuku Senior Citizens Welfare Association
- Senior Citizens Welfare Association Tanuku, West Godavari Dist has conducted medical camps and their mobile medical van gave medical help to the needy during the month of November also as per their usual programmes.
- During 6th National Conference of RWAs held on 23rdand 24th November, Sri. Gadikatla Keseswara Rao was felicitated as a mark of recognisition of his services. He was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation by Dr. Rao V.B.J. Chelikani.
- Eleven members of the association attended the AISCCON meeting at Hyderabad held on 29th and 30th November.
- They have also celebrated ‘International Aids Day’ and ‘World Disabled Day’ on 1st and 3rd Dec. respectively. About 100 members of the Association went on a tour by buses to visit Polavaram project and surrounding tourist places under the leadership of their President Sri. G. Keseswara Rao.
- The association conducted the General Body meeting on 28/11/2018 at their association office, presided over by their Vice-President, Sri. N. Venkateswara Rao, who detailed the members the activities conducted during Oct-Nov, their income and major expenditure.
By G. Keseswara Rao, President
Senior Citizens Council of Delhi
- Senior Citizens Council of Delhi celebrated 2nd Annual Day of its Recreation Center, which is being run with the partnership of SDMC on 02-12-2018. Sh. Randhir Sahay , Additional Commissioner, SDMC was the chief guest including Yoginder Singh, Dy. Director, and S.S.Monti, former Chairman, Standing Committee. The chief guest inaugurated new Physiotherapy Center and appreciated the efforts of the Council and judged the Center as Unique and best Center in comparison to other Centers. He told that tenders have been floated recently to install a lift in the Center. He also sought the cooperation of Council in identifying the SCAs which are willing to run Recreation Centers in community Centers across Delhi, which are lying vacant.
- A meeting, chaired by Shri R.P.Gautam, Social Welfare Minister, Delhi Govt., discussed on 5th December 24, 2018 the demands of the senior citizens of Delhi. The other members present were R.K.Katyal, Y.N.Sharma, L.R.Garg, Ved Prakash Gupta and Amar Chand Bansal. The Minister announced that an advertisement would be released in the press within a week about the grants for about 140 recreation centers, at the rate of two in each assembly constituency. The demand of the Confederation for the enhancement of Recreation Grant from Rs. 20,000/-to Rs. 30,000/- per month was also accepted.
- Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi launched Mukhya Mantri Tirth Yatra Scheme on 5th for senior citizens which offers free travel packages on five religious circuits. Those who are above 70 years can be accompanied by one attendant of 21 years and above. 1,100 senior citizens from each assembly constituency can take pilgrimage every year. All travel expenses including boarding and lodging would be borne by Delhi Govt. Senior citizens have to fill online form www.editstrict.delhigovt.nic.in.
- The Council has organised a workshop to create awareness about Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007 on 12-12-2018. Shri A.K.Singla, IPS, Addl. Commissioner of Police (Crime) addressed about 200 senior citizens about various steps being taken by Delhi Police for their safety & security. Ms.Geetanjali Goel, Additional District & Session Judge and Special Secretary, Delhi State Legal Services Authority briefed about salient feature of the Act from judicial perspective. Shri Aditya Soni, Advocate also addressed the workshop. Shri. J.R.Gupta, highlighted particularly the role of the Tribunal District Courts, after an amendment in the Act by Delhi Govt. on 19-12-2016. He cited a case in Safdarjung Enclave, where Sunil Pawar & Mrs.Jyotsana approached High Court of Delhi against eviction proceedings by Appellate Tribunal Court of Divisional Commissioner. The High Court refused to interfere with the eviction proceedings passed against son/daughter -in-law and only extended 6 months. Both again filed SLP in Supreme Court which was also turned down and got 6 months extra time to vacate the house, considering relationship between father and son, subject to the condition that in case both fail to vacate the house by 30th April, 2019, they shall be liable for contempt of the Court. Mr. D.R.Pawar, the complainant conveyed thanks to the Council for their continuous support and legal guidance from time to time. The Workshop concluded with questions-answers session.
By J.R. Gupta, President, Senior Citizens Council of Delhi & Chairperson, Confederation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi
Regular Health Camp by Tamilnadu Senior Citizens Association
Tamilnadu Senior Citizens Association (NSECA) has been organizing free health camps for seniors on a regular basis on the last Sunday of every month, where an invited senior doctor will give a talk on a health topic relevant for them and a few health checkups will be conducted. To begin with, the tests are for about 30 to 40 persons at every camp. The first of such camps wase held on Sunday the25th November at TANSECA premises at V-95, 5th Main Road, Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040. Phone: 26213908. The invited doctor was a foreign trained geriatrician and physician Dr. Kumaran Amaresan, Medical Director, U.K. Hospital, 1st Main Road, Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040. He is also consultant Intensive Care and Emergency Physician of Trust Hospital, Ayanavaram, Chennai-600023.
From Monthly journal of the ELDERS