Kerala to Become More ‘Senior Citizen Friendly’

Keeping in mind the rapid growth in aged population, Kerala state government is initiating a mass awareness program and preparing its offices and employees to become more ‘senior citizen friendly’.

The proportion of aged population in the state is rising fast and is expected to reach 20 percent in the next ten years.

The awareness program, related to dealing with old persons, will be launched in all government, quasi and co-operative sector offices in the state on October 1, the International Day of Older Persons.

The main objective of the initiative, to be implemented by the state Social Justice Department, is to create awareness about the need of protecting old persons and recognizing their contributions to the society.

The proportion of aged population, which stood at 5.83 per cent of the total population in 1961, rose to 8.82 per cent in 1991, 9.71 in 2001 and 12.83 in 2011. It is estimated to reach 16 per cent in 2021 and 20 per cent in 2026.

The government recently issued a circular directing all state-run departments and agencies to observe the International Day of Older Persons and carry out several programs at their respective office to mark the occasion. On the day, senior officers and retired people would share their memories and personal and professional experiences during the get-together meetings to be conducted at the offices. Based on feedback from the meetings, an action plan would be drawn up in this regard and submitted to the government.

Besides this, a program titled ‘Thanalekiyavarkk Thanal’ (protection to those who protected) also would be launched in schools to make students a part of the ambitious program.