Nine old age homes for senior citizens soon: Yoganand Shastri

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) Stating that the Delhi Government is committed to the welfare of senior citizens of Delhi, the state Social Welfare Minister, Yoganand Shastri today announced that nine old age homes for senior citizens and recreation centre for them would be shortly set up in all the 70 Assembly Constituencies of the city.

Releasing a souvenir brought out by Retired and Pensioners Association, at a function at Delhi Secretariat, Mr Shastri informed that works of construction of old age homes at Dwarka and Lampur have almost been completed.

The foundation stone of old age home at Janakpuri has been laid.

Informing that there are 3,00,860 senior citizens in Delhi who are above 60 years of age, the Minister said that in every Assembly Constituency, one recreation centre for senior citizens will be set-up so that recreation facilities shall be available to aged people.

He disclosed that Social Welfare Ministry has made available two lakh rupees from MCD for construction of recreation centre at A-1 Block, Janakpuri. This centre will start functioning within one month.

Speaking at the function, Dr Shastri said the work of construction of 120 bedded multi-speciality hospital at Janakpuri has been completed and Health Department is busy appointing medical and para-medical staff for this hospital.

The function was presided by Ex-Municipal Councillor of Janakpuri, Sanjay Puri where Mr Gyanander Srivastav, Secretary, in the state Social Welfare Ministry, Ms Jaishree Raghu Raman, Director, Social Welfare and various representatives of residential welfare associations of Janakpuri were also present.

In January, 2008 this hospital will be dedicated to the citizens of West Delhi.

UNI

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