The concluding ceremony of weeklong awareness campaign on “Ageing with Dignity” for elderly persons was held today at Sheikh-ul-Alam Budgam.
The concluding day ceremony was organized by District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) Budgam, which was presided over by Chairman DLSA, Principal District and Sessions Judge Raja Shujaat Ali. DDC Budgam, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar grace the occasion as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman DLSA, Principal District and Sessions Judge Raja Shujaat Ali said that a weeklong awareness programmes on rights of elders and legal aid and their right to live a dignified life was held at all Tehsils by concerned TLSCs from June 10 and household based awareness, field studies were part of the programme. While expressing concern over the increase in number of abusive cases of elderly persons, the Chairman said that need is to create massive awareness and sensitize elderly about their rights and legal aid to fight such cases. He also spoke about alarming situation of mistreatment of elderly in our society and enumerated major issues facing them including neglect, depression, financial insecurity and physical abuse.
Sharing his experiences with elderly and their role in making the governance better, he called upon officers and officials to make use of their experiences in the resolution of issues while visiting field.
Giving details about events held during the weeklong campaign, he said interactions, painting and essay competitions, legal aid awareness and protection camps and awareness of welfare schemes of old age and disability were conducted under the title of ‘ageing with dignity” at different schools of Beerwah, Magam, Charar-i-Sharief and in other Tehsils of the district.
Speaking on the occasion, the DDC laid emphasis on the inculcation of moral values and teachings among the children early in their age, in schools and homes especially. She stressed on the empowerment of elderly by; prioritising them in a government and other services; creating awareness among them regarding their rights and entitlements under different schemes of the government and curbing of their rights violations and by financially empowering them by coordinating the targeted initiatives of Government, NGOs and civil society.
While remembering the audience of the relevance of elderly people in being the great repository of knowledge, she called for using their knowledge and experience in our everyday lives and said this is possible only if we hear them.
President Bar Association Budgam and other dignitaries also spoke on the occasion.
Munsiff Judge Budgam, Tabasum Qadir Parray, President Bar Association, Noor Mohammad, district officers, Bar members, students, large number of elderly people and officials of different departments were also present on the occasion.