Dear Fellow Kind Hearted Senior Citizens,
Greetings for being blissful. Amidst the ongoing election process for the term 2022 – 2025, our present term reaches its destination for the new committee to take over after September 2022. We the elderlies perform as the reservoirs & conduits for transferring the human values; sharing our life’s experiences; nurturing intergenerational equity & add value to the lifestyle evolution. However, we have a substantial number of economically deprived elderlies; many earning their livelihood until their life transition with limited access to health care, sanitation, safe drinking water & other life support needs. Large numbers are living in Old Age Homes and many in single status, suffering from neglect & isolation. Contributing to the lives of seniors; while they are in need; is, therefore, a prudent act in maintaining the social fabric.
The recent past has adversely impacted the lives of seniors on many counts. For example, the facilities earlier granted for senior citizens were/are being gradually withdrawn/reduced like on travel concessions, interest rates, medical insurance, digital literacy mission etc.,. There is no visible sign of an intent of the Governance system to improve the lives of seniors; rather the focus is shifting from social justice to social economy by creating a portal for employment of senior citizens, contributing to the equity of start-ups exclusively for producing goods/services for elderlies, promoting silver economy and more such initiatives.
We have had the pleasure of serving in the capacity of the CSR Committee and hope that the affiliates have taken advantage of our contributions. All our previous eleven newsletters are available on our website www.aisccon.org under the icon CSR & News. This is the final newsletter for our term ending September 2022. For the next three months, we shall be available to all our affiliates to provide any clarifications that they would require in the process of pursuing grants from social justice departments and/or through Corporate Houses under the provisions of CSR.
On June 05, 2022, at Hyderabad in the Executive Committee Meeting, we had an opportunity to submit our report for the term 2019 – 22. The same is placed in this newsletter. The same would be helpful; we believe; in forming the baseline for the new committee to take various endeavours forward. We have also given details of some of the promising projects/programs that were discussed and/or are at various stages of development for furtherance. It would be our pleasure to have valuable comments/critics from the proactive minds. Best wishes …
Manohar Lal Baharani