Inaugurates senior citizens’ day care facility

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SRINAGAR: The Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal has said that the “proactive” maintenance of Senior Citizens Act, enacted for the welfare of senior citizens, will ensure their contribution of their productivity in society.

Justice Mittal was speaking on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of Ahata Waqar, a day care and recreation facility for senior citizens at uptown Chanapora in the outskirts of the J&K winter capital.

The facility has been set up by the government of J&K at Public Health Centre Chanapora in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA) Srinagar.

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Besides the CJ, the other dignitaries present on the occasion were Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, DC Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhry, the Director Health and the Director Social Welfare.

In the initial part of her address, CJ Mittal lamented that it was “worrying that our society had reached to a level where we need a law to restore their (senior citizens’) respect”.

Mittal expressed delight on seeing the large group of senior citizens who had turned up at the inuagural ceremony.

The CJ said that the related act was “proactive” and would help in the welfare of the senior citizens.

Addressing senior citizens at the event, she told them, “You have been at different positions in the government. Why cannot you still contribute to the productivity of the society?”

She hoped that the centre would ensure basic facilities and legal assistance to the senior citizens.

The CJ informed the audience that there had been “much deliberation over the name of the facility”.

“We wanted it should represent all the three regions and I hope you liked it (Ahata Waqar),” she added.

On the occasion, the CJ also thanked Divisional Commissioner Khan, Director Social Welfare, Director Health and the police for their support.

“It is so unique to take such a number of departments along,” she said.

A senior citizen present at the event complained that there was “no database of senior citizens in valley”.