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Now, a manifesto for senior citizens - India

Monday, March 30th, 2009 AT 3:03 PM
Tags: Pune, senior citizens, Lok Sabha election, voting, political agenda, organisation

Senior citizens constitute 7.5 per cent of the total population of India and 13 per cent of the total number of voters

PUNE: Who says that senior citizens are not enthusiastic about elections and voting? The elderly, who are neglected on political agenda too, has their own demands. A non-profit organisation Silver Innings Foundation has appealed to senior citizens to come together and demand their rights.

The organisation has given a wake-up call for elderly people to help themselves by shedding the lethargic attitude towards general elections and voting for a candidate caring for them. Senior citizens are often ignored by mainstream society.

Silver Innings Foundation has come up with a manifesto of senior citizens, which underlines the urgency of formation of a Ministry for the Elderly: “There is a ministry for women, children, environment, but no ministry for senior citizens, who represent 7.5 per cent of the population. Currently, the elderly are just part of the overloaded Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.”

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