Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 14:
Senior citizens expressed grave concern over the absence of a state policy in Odisha for the elderly persons although such policies have been adopted by several states in the country.
Participating in the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the city organised by HelpAge India, Odisha Branch the senior citizens urged the state government to take proactive steps for an early fprmaulation and implementation of a policy for the care of elderly persons.
Stating that the extent of elder abuse has gone up due to the breaking down of the joint family, adoption of western culture and also the lure of acquiring property, they suggested a slew of measures to curb such unethical and cruel practices.
They focused on community awareness among the people, including the youths and school and college students to sensitize them to the issue.
Rashmi Mohanty, state head, HelpAge India, Odisha branch, spoke on the initiatives taken by the HelpAge nationwide and the importance of organizing such events.
She also shared the findings of the survey report with the gatherings.
Among others, president of Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) Tejeswar Parida, retired professor Dr Jyotsnarani Dash, president of Federation of Senior Citizen Associations of Odisha Krupasindhu Sahu and secretary Jugal Kishore Sahoo spoke on the occasion.