Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Airports to become senior citizen-friendly

The Senior Citizen Welfare Fund will be used to purchase electric buggies for ferrying senior citizens at airports. An Inter-Ministerial Committee which administers the fund has cleared the expenditure of around Rs 1 crore for the purchase of these electric buggies.

The senior citizen friendly initiative comes in the midst of a pending decision of the government to revise the two decade old National Policy for Older Persons. Sources said the government is ready with the draft but the clearance from the Union Cabinet is awaited. There are several provisions in the policy which encourages children to support parents in their old age.

The Senior Citizen Welfare Fund was set up around three years ago in which unclaimed amounts are transferred. The fund gets money from unclaimed deposits of Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Employee Provident Fund (EPF). The money in accounts which have been inoperative for more than seven years is also diverted to this fund.

A proposal to spend Rs 1.27 crore was given to the Inter-Ministerial Committee for purchase of 30 golf carts which has finally cleared expenditure of Rs 97 lakhs. These golf carts or electric buggies will be purchased for the airports in Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Goa and Bhubaneswar. A Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment official said that a final go-ahead will have to be taken from Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Ministry for the expenditure.
02/10/18 Statesman